|2 for 1 background with cheesecloth painted over and removed to create the illusion of texture (white gesso background) and then repurposed and painted over with acrylic medium (black gesso background) to create actual texture and a new look. Cheesecloth step #1 idea from "Acrylic Revolution" by Nancy Reyner
|Prayers for the life, marriage and children of a couple whose marriage hit a point of crisis: looking for a better way, you can do it, and (hidden under the broken heart) FEAR NOT!
I prepare backgrounds randomly in my altered book journals when I have the time and inclination and art materials readily accessible. Then, as events in life unfold I look for one of the previously prepared backgrounds and exposed words which appropriate for the reflection. I was attending a seminar in Arlington, TX when the deadly tornado ripped through Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. We paused for intentional prayer for the victims, the families, first responders, and the search and rescue process. My mind and heart remained distracted from the colloquy lectures with thoughts and prayers for Oklahoma. Instead of taking notes of the speaker presenting about the significance of language in the Minor Prophets (final 12 chapters in the Old Testament), I created an artful prayer for Oklahoma.
I used pencils and markers and chose browns, rusts, and orange because they remind me of the earth tones in this state.
The city's proud slogan "Keep Austin Weird" is the perfect conversation partner for a theological reflection on a "sunset cruise" to see the 750,000 bats fly out from underneath the Congress Street Bridge in downtown Austin. The $10 cruise lasts an hour and includes trivia commentary on the bat population by the tour guide plus a spectacular view of the city skyline AND the bats flying out from underneath the bridge at sunset. The excursion was part of the Women, Voice, and Preaching workshop hosted by Education Beyond the Walls at Austin Seminary. 100% recommended!