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Here’s the last of the mandala drawings I dredged up from 2001.  I won’t be able to post any pictures for the next couple of weeks as my husband has taken the digital camera with him on a trip to Hungary, but I’ll try to find some other things that I can post instead.  Hmmm…what will that be?  I don’t know, but I ought to be able to come up with something. 

This mandala is indicative of, you guessed it, the four seasons.  I’m having fun thinking about ways to execute these designs with mixed media, but do have to wait until after May and whatever assignments I’ll have after my two weeks in DC.

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Two more books to read, three more papers to write, plus one presentation to prepare to go before the next session of D.Min. classes.  I’m beginning to think I might get finished. Smile.

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For many years I have played off and on with mandala drawings.  I first began doing them after taking a quilt design class in Seattle based on Katie Pasquini’s technique using the concept of mandala.  I then began to explore the concept of mandala further and have often used them when leading retreats and in my own journaling.  

I don’t usually follow the standard concepts of mandala with regard to a depiction of the cosmos, but use the limitation of a circle and, in most cases, repetition around the center.  Although I don’t always do that, either.   

After completing my Way of the Cross series I decided to pull out some of my old mandala drawings and think about how I might begin to use them to create some acrylic and/or mixed media pieces.  I have to do some searching in old journals and files to find most of them, but I did easily find a few that I early in 2001 that I’m looking at for possibilities right now.  

I can’t do much until after I finish the current round of D.Min. reading and writing, but I thought pulling some out and posting them might get me inspired to work with some earlier mandalas and perhaps create some new ones.

This one is from February 2001.  While I often color my mandala drawing with colored pencils, or in a few cases with watercolor.  The 2001 drawings are all in black and white.

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It is a relief to have the physical part of my project for Creativity and Spirituality completed.  Now I need to write up my process paper to turn in with the artwork to my professor.  I’ll also be putting a presentation together on the theological significance of the work for my class in Aesthetics that is coming up in May.    

Here’s a picture of the entire set.  I had a hard time finding somewhere to lay it out to get a really good picture, and this is not the way I would display it for viewing.  Ideally I would hang or set the pieces around a large space where each could be viewed individually, while still being in the context of the entire series.

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Besides reading Megan McKenna’s “The New Stations of the Cross” while working on this project, I also read Henri Nouwen’s “Walk With Jesus” on Good Friday for another perspective on the stations of the cross.  I recommend both books.  

Now, besides getting the process paper written I’m focusing on readings for my next classes. Right now I’m reading about the use of music in Christianity in Jeremy S. Begbie’s book, “Resounding Truth“.  It’s quite interesting.  I am worried, though, about whether I’ll be able to get all nine books read and papers written on each–three are read and one paper written so far–before my classes in May.  

Right now I’m pretty much exhausted from Lent and Easter, and the task seems pretty daunting.

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I have been showing my collage interpretation of The Way of the Cross March 29 through April 12.  

One piece has been shown each day along with the scripture passage or passages that go with it.  This is the project I am completing for my Creativity and Spirituality Doctor of Ministry Class at Wesley Theological Seminary.  

Please do not copy or post these images in any other place without my permission.  

The choice of scripture passages and translations are from Megan McKenna’s The New Stations of the Cross, based on a revision of the traditional stations of the cross by Pope John Paul II in 1991.

A few people have asked for a little more explanation about the symbolism in these pieces.  You can find a brief explanation here.

Easter Resurrection

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Luke 24:1-3

On the first day of the week, at dawn, the women came to the tomb bringing the spices they had prepared.  They found the stone rolled back from the tomb, but when they entered the tomb, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

Revelation 5:12; 7:9-10, 13-14

This is the new hymn they sang:  “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and praise!”

After this I saw before me a huge crowd which no one could count from every nation and race, people and tongue.  They stood before the throne of the Lamb, dressed in long white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.  They cried out in a loud voice, “Salvation is from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb!” . . . Then one of the elders asked me, “Who are these people all dressed in white?  And where have they come from?”  I said to him, “Sir, you should know better than I.”  He then told me, ” These are the ones who have survived the great period of trial; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

 

 

 

 

 

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I will be showing my collage interpretation of The Way of the Cross March 29 through April 12.  

One piece will be shown each day along with the scripture passage or passages that go with it.  This is the project I am completing for my Creativity and Spirituality Doctor of Ministry Class at Wesley Theological Seminary.  

Please do not copy or post these images in any other place without my permission.  

The choice of scripture passages and translations are from Megan McKenna’s The New Stations of the Cross, based on a revision of the traditional stations of the cross by Pope John Paul II in 1991.

A few people have asked for a little more explanation about the symbolism in these pieces.  You can find a brief explanation here.

Jesus Is Placed In the Tomb

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Matthew 27:57-61

When evening fell, a wealthy man from Arimathaea arrived, Joseph by name.  He was another of Jesus’ disciples, and had gone to request the body of Jesus. Thereupon Pilate issued an order for its release.  Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in fresh linen and laid it in his own new tomb which had been hewn from a formation of rock.  Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away.  But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary remained sitting there, facing the tomb.

Mark 15:46

Then, having brought a linen shroud, Joseph took him down, wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a tomb which had been cut out of rock.  Finally he rolled a stone across the entrance of the tomb.

 

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I will be showing my collage interpretation of The Way of the Cross March 29 through April 11.  

One piece will be shown each day along with the scripture passage or passages that go with it.  This is the project I am completing for my Creativity and Spirituality Doctor of Ministry Class at Wesley Theological Seminary.  

Please do not copy or post these images in any other place without my permission.  

The choice of scripture passages and translations are from Megan McKenna’s The New Stations of the Cross, based on a revision of the traditional stations of the cross by Pope John Paul II in 1991.

A few people have asked for a little more explanation about the symbolism in these pieces.  You can find a brief explanation here.

 Jesus Dies On the Cross

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Matthew 27:45-50

From noon onward, there was darkness over the whole land until midafternoon.  Then toward midafternoon Jesus cried out in a loud tone, “Eloi, Eoli, lama sabachthani,” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  This made some of the bystanders who heard it remark, “He is invoking Elijah!”  Immediately one of them ran off and got a sponge.  He soaked it in cheap wine, and sticking it on a reed, tried to make him drink.  Meanwhile the rest said, “Leave him alone.  Let us see whether Elijah comes to his rescue.”  Once again Jesus Cried out in a loud voice, and then gave up his spirit.

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I will be showing my collage interpretation of The Way of the Cross March 29 through April 11.  

One piece will be shown each day along with the scripture passage or passages that go with it.  This is the project I am completing for my Creativity and Spirituality Doctor of Ministry Class at Wesley Theological Seminary.  

Please do not copy or post these images in any other place without my permission.  

The choice of scripture passages and translations are from Megan McKenna’s The New Stations of the Cross, based on a revision of the traditional stations of the cross by Pope John Paul II in 1991.

A few people have asked for a little more explanation about the symbolism in these pieces.  You can find a brief explanation here.

Note:  I have reversed the order of the Eleventh and Twelfth stations from McKenna’s order.

Jesus Promises To Share His Reign With the Good Thief

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Luke 23:39-43

One of the criminals hanging in crucifixion blasphemed him.  “Aren’t you the Messiah?  Then save yourself and us.”  But the other one rebuked him:  “Have you no fear of God, seeing you are under the same sentence?  We deserve it, after all.  We are only paying the price for what we’ve done, but this man has done nothing wrong.”  He then said, “Jesus, remember me when you enter upon your reign.”  And Jesus replied, “I assure you:  this day you will be with me in paradise.”

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