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God’s Gift

THE NATIVITY by the hand of Gay Pogue

I sit here a few days before Christmas and the sky outside is grey. Even though I can’t see the snowy peaks of the Front Range or the crystal blue above them, I know they are still there and I think of them.

I look around my studio and see all sorts of things: a pair of fingerless gloves, a jar of pigments, a stylus, a shell, a tiny blue jar, a book, a pair of boots, a box of encouragement cards, my coffee cup, and on and on. All these gifts are, in a way, stand-ins for the loving friends who gave them. I know they are still there and I think of them each time I see the object.

The value of each of those gifts is not what it cost, but the person who gave it. We understand that when a small child gives us a rock or a flower. We still need to remember that when an adult gives us something.

Thus it is with God who gives us Jesus, a stand-in on earth, that we might remember that we are all connected to God and each other.

So give gifts with abandon. Big and small. Accept gifts graciously. They connect us to one another.


Making It Real

St. John Series Boards

St. John Series Boards

Here I am setting off on this adventure of creating a single body of work for exhibition all together – one subject, one theme. At this point, I am planning seven icons.

An artist friend suggested that when she planned a series, she hung all her canvasses for the series on her studio wall. It made the enormity of what she planned real. That clicked with me. So I came home and followed suit.

The photo above shows the seven boards and a few weeks’ progress on the first two. I feel good about coming into the studio and seeing the progress. The wall is also a place where I can tape notes and ideas near the various boards.

The boards themselves are each different from the others, largely because that is what I had on hand. But, I shall use those differences to explore how the very support on which you paint affects the work.

This will be fun.