I created this watercolour in 2014 in a workshop at Five Oaks Retreat Centre here in Ontario. It has nourished me ever since.
I had never worked in watercolour before. I did not go into the art exercise with a sense of what I was trying to depict. As instructed, I simply allowed the brush strokes to fill the page as they wished, then let meanings emerge as I reflected on my work (or my play?).
This watercolour speaks to me of safety and hope in a Trinity of colours.
The tight mass of brush strokes in the middle of the page depicts me. The shorter red stroke at the right edge of the mass is the “current me,” dragging 70 decades of life with me. Or sometimes it’s me carrying my communities with me. Or perhaps my ego!
The Trinitarian God surrounds me in the curvy strokes around the edge of the paper, as in “peace before us, peace behind us, peace under our feet. Peace within us, peace over us, let all around us be peace” (From Sing the Story #16).
The watercolour has a present direction, and also a future dimension. I am moving towards the Light, and beyond that is Depth. Eventually there will be a necessary leap…a letting go…a trusting….
Sometimes snippets of songs from childhood appear to me, usually towards morning. They comfort me in an odd sort of way. They fold understandings I’ve had since my youth into present realities in a manner almost too deep for words. This watercolour elicits a deep affirmation of my spirit, which is given language by means of the refrain of an old Gospel song:
“Moment by moment I’m kept in his love; moment by moment I’ve life from above; looking to Jesus till glory doth shine; Moment by moment, O Lord I am Thine” (Life Songs #2 – #192).
Questions for Reflection:
- When have you created a drawing, an art piece, or some other expression where you didn’t know in advance what you were trying to depict? Did you trust the results?Why or why not?
- What experiences have you had of God speaking to you through something you have created – or something you and God have created together?
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