Mittwoch, 1. März 2017

New Season, New Project

Start

Spring weather went away, and winter returned for the start of our next liturgical season.


Snow covered the higher areas and an icy slush all below.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. While it is salutary to practice the self-discipline of foregoing various luxuries and indulgences, that doesn't make for much art. A couple of days ago I happened upon a blog that Katie follows (or followed), by a girl evidently doing (at that time) Christian support work in Russia, who posted occasional small doodles of colourful variations on the word JOY. I liked the idea, and have decided to copy her. I will use my own variations and color schemes. I have pulled out a small stack of cards and did the first one today. After looking at it, I see the colors are not well chosen, so I may either modify them or move on and try others. Not the best of starts, but a start nonetheless.

The values of the y and its background are too close, with not enough contrast.

I also, just before reading of Leah's little "positive sayings book," had thought of doing something similar, Katie's lettering projects being also inspiring. So, I may make that a Lenten season project, maybe with various cross forms. We will see.



Reading

This was one of our readings for tonight's service:

Joel 2. 12 -19, 21
Herefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children.
17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

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