John the Baptist – A Political Figure

As I have been working on the series of Saint John in the Wilderness icons, I have pondered the question of what this icon has to do with 2017. And I have been trying to write about it.

A friend in Kentucky sent me a link to a sermon preached by Fr. Justin Gabbard, interim curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington, Kentucky, on Sunday, January 22. He said what I have been thinking, only better. With his permission I …

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In the Wilderness . . .

Women’s March Passing Beneath My Window

The “wilderness” of ancient Judea was a place of danger and death, a place to be feared and avoided. It was in that wilderness that John called people to change their lives and prepare the way of God.

With his angel’s wings, John is the immortal messenger moving through time and space, shouting, “In your wilderness, prepare yourself to see God where God is, to do the work of God, here and now!!” …

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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, …

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The Color of the Saints

Saint Christopher / by the hand of Gay Pogue / Acrylic on board / 14 x 11 x 1 inches

Some of you may recall that I have already painted this particular icon of Saint Christopher at an icon workshop led by Suzanne Schleck in the spring of 2015. I especially love the swirls of water echoed in the clothes of St. Christopher and the colorful red sky.

After arriving in Denver, it seemed appropriate to paint the image …

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