January 28

I wrote this haiku in 2020 to accompany the day’s leaf oil painting:

As light shrouds a leaf,

the silence in me is seen.

Love’s warm-hearted gaze.

I remember the moment that little leaf first caught my curiosity as I walked from the River House to the Grünewald Guild Centrum for a morning staff meeting. It took a few attempts to get just the right angle, just the right composition for the photograph. Some time later, I relived that moment again and again, taking apart its wonder and putting it back together again, stroke by stroke, in an oil painting.

I was taken recently by a mantra of bell hooks, “margin to center.” I love a good mantra and this one makes both painterly and gospel sense to me. It’s in the process of seeing and re-membering that we are freed.








“Teach us to know that Thy love is so whole and healing that nothing less than all of us can rise to meet Thine all-encompassing care. …we lay bare all that we are to Thy love and Thy understanding, O God.” —Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart, p. 31-32

“Seven Years of Wonder” is a daily look back at my creative journaling posts since 2014. I began this journey on Feb. 11, 2021, and hope to continue through Feb. 10, 2022. What am I learning about my art and faith journey thus far? What has remained constant? Where have I been changed? How is this impacting present and future art-making?

A deep bow of gratitude to you for keeping me company on this journey.

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