Title: Be Thou My Vision
Media: watercolor on Roma
Size of original: 13 x 9 inches
The initials beginning each paragraph have small design elements inspired by the Lindesfarne Gospels.
The text, part of Irish monastic tradition since 700 CE., is an example of a Lorica, an incantation recited for protection in arming oneself for spiritual or physical battle. It has has become a popular song performed by contemporary Christian musicians. The tune is the Irish folk song, Slane, about Slane Hill where in 433 AD, St Patrick defied the pagan High King Loegaire of Tara by lighting candles on Easter Eve. Aside from this connection to Christianity, the folk song had little prior connection to the text.
Translated from ancient Irish to English...
My fascination with the power of ‘thoughts made visible’ and the mystery of the word as a vehicle of communication has led me on a wonderful journey as I merge message and technique with watercolor, brush and pen into a finished piece. Each piece brings exploration, inspiration and discovery — on a concrete level as I work with my tools and experience; on a spiritual level as a passionate heart treasures God. My response to life’s journey is to work with words, be inspired by great texts, express the abstract more tangibly and ... listen ... for God's still, small, gentle voice within the cacophony of the ups and downs, joys and sorrows experienced. In this relationship God comes transforming, with hope-full and wonderful surprises!
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