Drifting and planting seeds

Resting in the shade… Escaping the heat of the day. Each in their private meditation. Lost in thoughts… Drifting… We’re living in topsy-turvy times, and I think that what causes the topsy-turvy feelings is inadequacy of old forms of thought to deal with new experiences…you have to stop and drift laterally for a while until…

Treasuring Spring

Claude Monet brilliantly conveys sunlight, shining through the leaves of a tree by placing “unblended dabs of color” on the skirt and grass surrounding his subject of a woman reading. It is his wife, Camille, he observes quietly reading as she has positioned herself under the shelter of some low hanging branches. The spot seems…

Seeking God thru the Arts

I am proud to announce our first podcast! This is a dream come true and an answer to prayer. We plan to release one podcast a month. Each video will feature a discussion focused on either an artists or a type of painting. The idea behind this is to share with our audience the process…

Love Songs, Dreams and Meditations

Big Weekend… Recital on Sunday at 3:00 so please pray for us that all goes well. I have really enjoyed working with Mark Edwards, guitar, and Adam Gonzalez, cello, on this wonderful program of Love Songs that will touch the heart and Dream Travels music that takes you on imaginary journeys of the mind. I…

A Balm in Gilead

OK, so it has been a rough week–and maybe even a rough month. I have been suffering long enough that I’m beginning to wonder if I will ever be completely whole again… Nothing that serious. It will pass and there will be healing, but it has caused me to pause with more compassion in my…

Virgin Dreams

In light of recent events in the news that remind us that there are predators who take advantage of young women’s dreams… I became attracted to this painting by John Everett Millais called “Eve of St. Agnes.” It is a painting that endeavors to capture on canvas a moment expressed in a poem by John…

Faith: The Engine of God’s Creative Redemption

Guest Blogger Steven Hovater Incarnation and Imitation The incarnation revealed what is possible when a human moves in God’s will, and by God’s power. In Jesus, God acted, but also demonstrated what human action in the name of God looks like. For I have set you an example, Jesus says, that you also should do…

Who is my enemy?

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” ~(Matthew 5: 43) For some time now, I have been thinking about this passage–about Jesus’ challenging words that we should pray for our enemies.  Difficult to put into practice and yet if…

Irises: A Seekers Guide to Heaven

The iris’s mythology dates back to Ancient Greece, when the goddess Iris, who personified the rainbow (the Greek word for iris), acted as the link between heaven and earth. It’s said that purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the goddess Iris to guide them in their journey to heaven…The iris’s…

Rebirth

French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) painted over 800 paintings during his lifetime. His paintings are filled with beautifully-drawn women from classical literature and familiar Bible stories. Each subject is perfectly fashioned to express an artistic vision for women filled with sentimentality that becomes tangible as they realistically emerge from the canvas. A teacher of women artists,…