I have finished “The Seer” in time for the show at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison.
The concept was to think about the long hope of the ancient Hebrew believers. This is the head of a prophet. Another word for prophet is “Seer”.
I think of this as Isaiah, because we read so much from Isaiah in the Advent Season.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ESV
The prophet sees in the distant sky a star, representing the hope for redemption. His white hair and beard show that the wait was long. The star prefigures the Christmas Star found in Matthew 2. And I like to think of the Magi, star gazers, as being on the other end of the message. The Seer lives in hope and the Magi set out on a journey of discovery.
Here are some images of the process of the carving. I used a method of shallow relief. The wood is butternut. The piece is 27 x 17 inches and about 3/4 inch thick. I left the living edge because the wood itself has a story of growth over years and bark for enduring the elements.
basic levels established
relieving the background
initial outline with v-tool
forming the beard
working the hair
detail of hair
Here is the final result
Creating a place for reflection and renewal.
The events we offer will relate to one or more of these three areas.
- Nature, by which we mean all of the natural world around us including human interaction, both good and bad.
- Scripture, by which we mean the Christian Scriptures which include the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament.)
- Art, which we define broadly so as to include the disciplines of seeing and expressing in a multitude of styles, materials and levels of ability.
We are glad to say that the first Two Book Retreat event will have a class of at least 7, which is a great size. We do have room for a couple more in case you are siting on the fence.
Nancy Macgregor is an excellent teacher and she is bringing with her a number of her return students, including me! She will help us to see and paint what we see along the river.
I’ll be providing a booklet of selected “Two Book” texts. These texts help us to see in a different sense, the world around us.
Proverbs 3:19-20 (NRSV)
19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
by understanding he established the heavens;
20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
and the clouds drop down the dew.
We have a back up plan for shelter if the “dew” ever turns out to be more intense. So far we are optimistic.
original watercolor by Nancy Macgregor
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In collaboration with artist Nancy Macgregor (www.nancymacgregor.com) there will be an outdoor watercolor class that meets along the Yahara River in Madison. We are going to look and listen to the Word at the start and the Wold for the remainder of the course.
We want to create an opportunity to combine the areas of Scriptural study and the Arts.
We want this to be for everyone, not only for professional artists and scholars.
We hold that God reveals himself in Scripture in a specific way and Nature in a general way.
We want to emphasize the main stream of the Christian faith shared by all believers in all places.
We hold that observation and thought is needed both to read scripture and see nature.
The Bridges Over the Yahara – May 17 to June 21 –
Original Watercolor by Nancy Macgregor
Marquette-Atwood Artwalk – Sunday, May 5 – Dave’s woodcarving
Two Book Retreat – August 23-25 – exploring the Two Books theme in Scripture and Drawing