Day 4

This morning Roger started us off by talking about some of his work and things God has been teaching him.  He then posed the question to us: where have we seen God show up in our art-making?  We took turns sharing stories from the past, and reflecting on our process up to this point in the studio.  Many of us are starting to feel clear direction and it’s been fun to see how we’ve rubbed off on each other.  In particular, Ginger and Nancy had “aha” moments during our devotion time…and were excited to begin work for the day with new ideas and insights in mind.  Brian shared the Berry poem again that has been a sort of motto for us, and we focused on the first line “Willing to die.”  We noted how it’s a statement of dying to self over and over again.  We noted yesterday the ties to John 12:24 (also a major theme/ inspiration behind my Lent show).  ”I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

It was rainy for the first part of the day.  We had originally planned to take a few hours in the afternoon to visit an art museum downtown, but opted out (due to the weather) and chose to make it a full-on work day instead.  So we plowed ahead and made some big progress.  I for one, felt like today was productive and helpful in terms of giving me even more clarity.  I finished 6 panels today (so I’m ahead of the schedule I set myself).  The honeycomb is really starting to fill in.  I will be playing around with placement later, but below are some more images from today’s work and my studio-mates hard at work.