Good morning, New Women! I haven't used a picture of Maeryn on here for a while and there's really no particular reason for this one except that you've watched her grow -- some of you from her infancy -- and I just thought I'd share. How ADORABLE is she? I mean, really.
One order of business before we move into the meat of the post: HAYLEE and TORIA have both volunteered to do guests posts. I've sent an email to both of you, so if you haven't received that please let me know. AMELIA, I don't know what's up with your email but I'll email you and give you the instructions. If anyone else would like to do a post, please email me and I'll give you the info. I'm loving giving you who like to write an opportunity to share your work.
Speaking of art ...
Your responses to "Psyched Out By Solitude?" were, as always, well thought out and beautifully expressed. (I did leave out 1 on the scale-- 0 was supposed to be 1 -- and I was so proud of my little graphic! -- thanks for figuring it out). I'd love to have more responses, so if you missed that post, from Monday, February 23, do go back and comment. It can be as easy as picking a number. What you've already shared with us tells me this:
1. The ways of connecting with God are as varied as the people who seek him.
2. Even though you have natural ways of connecting, things you're just automatically drawn to, you'd like to learn more about the following --
* centering prayer
* art as a form of prayer
"Making art as prayer" received the most enthusiastic response, and that is so interesting to me because ... well, let me give you some background.
* I have never been much of a visual artist, though I used to love to make art as a kid. I think we all did. A couple of snickers and pieces of harsh criticism from art teachers and in one case a Girl Scout leader made it clear I wasn't "good" at it so I just sort of gave it up
* Then a couple of years ago, a friend and I did a book called The Artist's Rule together, and it encouraged us to do various pieces of art as part of our connection with God. Yeah, well, I resisted that like it was the Ebola virus. I did it, because I'd committed to it, but as several of you have said, I focused on making it look good or right (whatever that is in art) and just really didn't see how it connected me to God -- except to say, "This isn't one of the gifts you gave me, is it?"
* Then just this past Tuesday, that same friend and I were Skyping and I was telling her about my current exploration of what is creative about me besides my writing. She teased me about my resistance to visual art when we did The Artist's Rule and said I really should go back and explore some of that again -- this time forgetting about doing it "right" or "well."
Then you come along asking for help making art a part of your life with God. I know how that works -- in my head -- but I myself haven't experienced it. So what do you say we do it together? Let's take a little time on our TWCT journey to explore this option and see how it works for us. I'll be learning alongside you. I'm liking this idea.
What comes to me is that our approach should start with a collage -- which I DO love to do and haven't done in a while. Here's how to prepare:
1. gather as many magazines as you can -- all kinds; if you save greeting cards or anything like that put those in the collection too (I need to go out to the car and grab that bag of mags I was going to recycle!)
2. Get yourself a large piece of paper or some poster board. Anything 11"x14" or bigger will work.
3. Find some glue. (This may require digging into younger siblings' art supplies)
4. Look ahead to some time you might be able to spend doing this -- quiet, uninterrupted. I'll give you an explanation tomorrow so any time between then and Monday if possible. You can of course always do it later but it'll be more fun if we're all into it at the same time
5. Think about a space you can use. You'll need to spread out some. Bedroom floor, maybe? (I love doing this kind of thing on the floor)
You definitely don't have to be "an artist" to enjoy doing this. And the results are going to tell you a story ... about yourself.
I'm jazzed. This feels like a God-thing.