Bridge in Context

We observed that nature and humanity are very much in a partnership along the parkway.  It is hard to say which predominates.  If we quit mowing and trimming, Nature would predominate along the Yahara River parkway.  Yet the very existence of a river instead of a wetland shows human engineering and care.  The river as we see it between the lakes came about from dredging and a locks placed in 1905.

The scene I chose to paint illustrates this.

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Week 4 – the effects of light

It was an interesting day to consider this question. The Sun was out and the temperature was perfect.

Week 4“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.  God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness.   God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness he called ‘night’.”  Genesis 1:3

What does the light reveal and what does it conceal?  How does the constant change in light effect  mood, colors and contrast?

Not Just Nature

On an urban orientation to Chicago, our guide said this:

“Everything you see in the city was put there on purpose.”

It is less obvious but just as fruitful to think of what you can learn from the urban environment.  What we make as those made in the image of the creator says a lot about us.  Flowers in plastic buckets along side buildings that mirror the sky.  Art from functional things we don’t usualy notice and a functional table turned into a piece of art.  Stairs of glass that climb the skyline.

10 Reasons to take The Bridges Class

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  1. Admit it, you could use time to enjoy the out of doors.
  2. We have a rain plan.
  3. Mention this class at Lynns of Madison and she will give you a discount on supplies (5928 Odana Rd, Madison, WI 53719)
  4. Nancy Macgregor is a gifted artist and instructor.
  5. You don’t need to know anything about painting to join the class.
  6. You will learn something about observing and keeping a journal.
  7. Every day it is different along the Yahara.
  8. There is wildlife to observe there.
  9. Meet some nice people.
  10. Bridges are interesting to paint.

contact Dave Carlson at twobookretreats@gmail.com to inquire or register.  See poster and registration here.

What is new with this Bridges Class?

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.

 

Drawing from Creation – To Be Rescheduled

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The Bible begins with creation.  We are most familiar with the majestic narratives of Genesis 1 and 2.  Creation is presented in a variety of viewpoints within the Hebrew Scriptures. It is further developed in the New Testament through the teachings of Jesus and in the book of Revelation.

In this weekend retreat we will explore the Bible’s rich witness. We will begin with Genesis 1 and 2.  Then individuals will select from other passages such as: Psalm 8, Psalm 104, Job 28, Proverbs 8, Isaiah 40, Matthew 6 and Revelation 21 and 22.  Participants will learn a new way to study scripture and will draw insights to our place in the world.

One way to deepen our understanding of Creation is to make a journal recording our personal responses in art and writing to our study of the texts.  Nancy Macgregor, a Madison artist and instructor, will help each participant distil their thoughts and experiences into simple pictures and words.  This way all will have a continuing memory, visual and written, of what has been learned.  This is possible for all, artists and non-artists alike.