We had perfect weather to face the challenge of the Jennifer Street Bridge. This is a pedestrian bridge. We encountered pedestrians, fisherman, boats, kayaks, ducks, jumping fish, birds and a muskrat in the water.
We will be at the convergence of the Yahara River and Willy Street, where there are actually two bridges, the auto bridge and a rail road bridge converted to bike and pedestrian use. We are close to Bethany Church, and there is a fun story there. The train for years went by the church and over the RR bridges just as the pastor was finishing up the message each and every week.
We dodged the rain again and tried out the idea of sketching with a brush. The East Washington bridge is very modern looking so this was a different look. Our text for discussion and thought was Psalm 19. It turned out that the previous Psalm was in the lectionary the following Sunday. No, that was not planned.
I had to rush off the first day because of some other obligations so I took a chance on Monday to return to the Stone Bridge, which turns out to have a name. Here are a few more pictures. Now if I can share my work, you can share yours!
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.
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.