A Sympathy Card

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One of my new supervisees’ grandfather is really ill and not expected to make it.  I made this card, thinking of her, but knowing that if he did make come-back I could keep it for another such occasion.  The theme at the Twist of Faith Cards challenge this month is “Harvest”, and that just seemed to fit really well sympathy card (http://twistoffaithcards.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/challenge-60-harvest.html).

I found the photo of cross-shaped grave markers in the tundra in an old National Geographic (my go-to magazine for beautiful images).  Even though the colors certainly don’t scream “harvest”, I was just really drawn to the picture.  I searched for “harvest” references in my Bible app, knowing that there would be one that was related to the end of life, and found the quote from Matthew 13:39 “The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.”  Even though the reference was to a much larger ending (a foreshadowing of Revelations, it seems), I think it works really well with the passing of an individual, especially one who has lived a long and rich life.

I wanted to get some color in the card, because my coworker’s grandfather has been ill for quite some time (both with dementia and with physical ailments), and in cases like this death can be somewhat of a blessing- both for the person who’s finally passing after years of suffering and her/his loved ones who have had to bare witness to that suffering.  Just like there is some beauty in autumn, with the colors of the leaves and the bounty of the harvest before the cold barrenness of the winter, there can be beauty in passing, surrounded by family and friends, after such suffering.

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Because I love Jan Richardson…

Beautiful blessing, and Jan deserves credit for every bit of her amazing body of work. I’m so excited about being able to attend a spiritual retreat being led by her this September.

The Bardic Circle

Because I love Jan’s work, her paintings and her poetry alike, I’m happy to repost her request…and this beautiful invocation for your day today. Love from the Bard!

“Recently discovered that a blessing that I wrote has been traveling around Tumblr and beyond, which is cool, except that it’s being attributed to John O’Donohue. I love O’Donohue’s work but would like to stick a pin in this blessing as being mine. Please share!”

Blessing in the Chaos

To all that is chaotic
in you,
let there come silence.

Let there be
a calming
of the clamoring,
a stilling
of the voices that
have laid their claim
on you,
that have made their
home in you,

that go with you
even to the
holy places
but will not
let you rest,
will not let you
hear your life
with wholeness
or feel the grace
that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you

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2 More ICADs

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Here are two more additions to my growing ICAD collection.  I LOVE this exercise and am so grateful for finding the project and having the courage to jump in.  Thanks, Tammy!  Here’s the link to her page, in case you want to join in (or be inspired):

http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/icad/

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I’m enjoying seeing other people’s ICAD contributions almost as much as I’m enjoying making them myself.  Here are some other WordPress bloggers who have some great collections going:

http://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/i-think-icad-i-think-icad-i-think-icad/  – Lynn is posting hers once a week.  Although she doesn’t promise she’ll be able to keep them up for the whole summer (but who can?), I love what she’s done so far!  The coolest thing is that in another post she’s given a link for turning a print (in her case, an ICAD) into fabric at http://www.spoonflower.com/ .  I really want to try it!

http://missdiane73.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/icad-day-8/  – She’s posting a couple at a time.   This is my favorite of hers, so far.  I love how graphically bold it is and I like that she’s also using quotes on her cards.

http://thebatamonblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/two-more-war-comic-icads-a-theme-in-my-artwork/  – Here’s a young artist who’s jumping in on the fun.  He’s using pencil drawings for his cards and has a great eye for shading and dimension.  Keep up the great work!

ICAD- Crown and recycle themes

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Here’s my next ICAD contribution (I didn’t do one yesterday because I was working on my Mandala, but I’ll catch up).  I spent about an hour weeding my garden and planting a few stray flowers and pepper plants that I had to get in the ground before they died.  Then, I found some seed packets my wife brought home from work.  They were from last year, so they may not work out so well but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try.  I put the Morning Glory seeds in to soak before planting tomorrow and I was left with a beautiful seed-packet just begging to be reused.  After looking at it for a while and thinking about the optional prompts from Daily Yellow’s list, I started putting this together.  The phrase “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” from the Hallelujah Chorus literally leapt into my head.  My church invites people to go up and sing it with the Choir every Easter and every year, without fail, it gives me chills.

I started with a thin layer of gesso and stuck the packet on with that, brushing some over the top of the packet and rubbing it off in places with my finger tip.  I used a couple of butterfly stamps, because I always think of the emergence of butterflies from their cocoons in relation to the story of Jesus rising from the dead.  Then, I noticed the word “Heavenly” in the variety name, so I traced over that with a thin black Sharpie to bring it out a little.  I used thin and thick Sharpies for the words and thin Sharpies to trace over the butterflies and the flowers and do some other random shading/highlighting.  I kind of snuck in the zebra prompt with the butterfly on the right hand side, too.  The white that was showing in the background seemed a little bright, so I use some really diluted water color pencils to lightly shade the background.  I thought about putting in an actual crown somewhere, but figured I should leave well-enough alone.  As almost an afterthought, I added in an actual morning glory seed with some green glitter glue.  I figured a little bit of bling never hurt anyone.

Thanks for looking.