Photographs, Paintings, and Things that Speak

I am wondering about different ways to communicate, ways in which we can spark creativity and imagination, which are so essential in cultivating an awareness of God’s indwelling presence in our lives.  What language can we use–and how is art and visual imagery a powerful language that nurtures the integration of our spiritual mind-in-heart?

What follows are a few favorite photographs I have taken in different places, reminders of the need for space to “center down” as Howard Thurman speaks of it.

I am also posting a few paintings that I have worked on during my sabbatical time.  I have a little studio on one side of our garage, and I spend a lot of time in there.  See what you think. (Alas, some of the lighting…but I’ll give it a shot).

These photos are from Mepkin Abbey, in Monck’s Corner, South Carolina.  A truly magical place.

Image may contain: plant, tree and outdoor

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, plant, flower, outdoor and nature

Image may contain: tree, sky, grass, plant, outdoor and nature

Image may contain: tree, sky, plant, cloud, grass, outdoor, nature and water

I’m giving this series of paintings the title, “What is the Soul?”

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Figure 1, mixed media & oil, 24×48, 2019

 

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Blue Lady, mixed media & oil, 24×48, 2019
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Be Not Afraid, mixed media and oil, 36×36, 2019
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Flame, mixed media and oil, 24×48, 2019
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Beloved Dust, mixed media and oil, 24×30, 2019

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