What does the world teach us? Sometimes to be patient. I have tried to catch the corner of California Poppies that bloom at the Willy Street Park for several years. Between my schedule, the unpredictability of the blooms and the weather, it is tricky. Apparently the world was not made for me. At any rate I took a little time early in the morning to photograph and sketch. What I noticed is that the flowers moved from where they were at the start. I think they follow the sun, perhaps that is they they have those long irregular stems.
Speaking of schedules, the Bridges Class is open for registration – click here.
working on a watercolor sketch
This is what they looked like at the start
filling in the background – next one I will put the stems over a lighter background,
life and art
By this time the original flowers had turned into the sun.
Sunset at the Locks
Morning on Lake Monona
E Washington Bridge
Iron Bridge at Tenney Park
Other side view of Rail Bridge
You may have been asking, how is this class different than last years? Nancy Macgregor and I walked the river a couple of weeks ago and we set the locations for this year’s class sessions. We will mostly be at new locations, including the Locks area on the North end and where the Yahara enters Lake Monona on the South end. If you like water you will like these locations.
I have revised the spiritual part of the class. These reflections will show you how to use the skills of artistic observation for spiritual reflection. We will develop our eyes to see what we often only glance at. We will consider the elements of the environment and what they reveal.
- How abundant is life in our world?
- How is each life suited to its place?
- How do elements such as water and light change, and what do they reveal to our eyes?
We will consider the nature of human interaction with nature –
- In what ways is this interaction mutual?
- Which has the greater impact?
Finally we will tie each of these observations to a scriptural link. That is, how do the two books of revelation complement each other?
At the first class you will be provided with single folio book to record your reflections and observations as we travel along the river for the six weeks of the class.
Join us this June and July along the river.
I was able to attend a Sabbath Rest in the Smoky Mountains – far away from work and electronic media. It was just what the doctor ordered, mentally and spiritually. I spent some time trying to capture the misty mountains and hills. I asked a regular visitor if they ever had a clear day, and he said that this was clear. The word “sabbath” comes from a Hebrew word which means to cease. Cease from your usual work and activity and spend some time with the creator. This is one of the goals for Two Book Retreats, to combine art, nature and scriptural reflection.
best view of the mountains and hills
an old silo and shed
where I stopped for lunch
sunrise over a cabin