For all creative Catholics who love the rich artistic traditions of the Church and seek to glorify God through the gifts he has given them.
With the "Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists" in mind, let's support each other as we work toward a more constructive partnership between art and the Church, and draw people to the Gospel through beauty and wonder which opens the human soul to a sense of the eternal.
Let's discuss the relationship between philosophy, theology and art/architecture, let's share our work and our struggles, and let's pray for each other.
"Come, O Creator Spirit,
visit our minds,
fill with your grace the
hearts you have created.
Veni Creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora."
Once during Lent, I made a set of drawings of the stations of the cross and prayed through them as I drew them. It was something that God put on my heart to do as I was working through some issues of forgiveness. It definitely helped God's grace work on me, and I was able to forgive and be set free. It was a major turning point in my life.
I am inspired by the material while I work with it. I learned this method as an oil painter, when my teacher showed me that the period of time spent on the drudgery of stretching, nailing, and priming my own canvasses was time for the intended images to come to the surface in my mind.
Now I do the same with all media, just messing around with the material until I know what I want to do. Lately it is with papier-mache instead of oil painting (which I gave up for watercolor, anyway)
I have standard subjects to work with until an idea presents itself. For a long time it was horses, and from time to time I enroll in life-drawing classes, and lately it has been orchids but when I started a series of crucifixes, more religious themes began to suggest themselves.
Insula Sacra came about as a reaction against the new age movement's usurpation of Christian symbolism. I wanted to reclaim the labyrinth symbol for Christ. So, I created one in the symbol of a Celtic cross.
Nice! I feel very similarly. I've spent the past year or so creating some designs and images that have to do with the celtic and gothic artistic heritage of the Church. I want to bring back imagery that's been usurped and restore the Christian meaning.
I'm hopefully going to open a shop on www.zazzle.com sometime next year to sell my designs. I think it's against CAF rules to advertise for myself here, but there will be link on my blog when the time comes