Fall arrived on a chariot built of the memories of scents of saffron skirted ash trees–July 18- reminding me of getting bulls out, fixing water gaps and …. Or ..shudder
baling/stacking hay. . (For those of us NOT enamored with internal combustion gore, hay baling elicits a shudder. ) The whiff of fall reveals to me the Joy of the Lord is our strength. His Joy is our strength not our own ginned up strength…
…with this aroma of fall’s imminent arrival-a secret world kind enough to send its calling card so I could prepare. Calling the unseen seen or in this early morning ….the unseen smelt. It is a harbinger of creativity for me….like the first day of school in days of yore; giddily shopping for new clothes with money from a 4-H animal. Now, I assemble a kit to begin a series of sculpture and this blog.
1. Sketching and modeling are primary tools for exploration. Plein air drawing of plants, animals weather patterns, notes of songs. ..notes and dabs of fleeting colors and shadows…notes of emotions…memories of same..
2. Tango from a Starbuck’s C.D. to get kinesthetic flow going (if inside like today). Sometimes it is Grace Williams, Joanne Dusatko or Steve Swanson.
3. Taking earlier sketches and relating the elements of the future sculpture with materials:
.Line is the most basic element of form, implied or explicit it draws our eyes to the story from different viewpoints. Like the Holy Spirit draws us to Jesus from different experiences. By encouraging us to look at different aspects of the God head we build intimacy. .Smooth soaring lines create a tabernacle for Holy Spirit that pierce shiny smooth planes housed by amorphous or organic shapes create a “same but different” element. With volume implied by space between lines and planes and the color of the finished piece I hope to convey joy in viewer’s eyes.
.Plane ….the fundamental characteristic of plane is surface. Formal elements, planes have width and length. Its surface may be smooth and flat, modulated, textured or folded …. As the Joy of the Lord being a smooth silky surface or the righteousness of Heaven being ……? The shapes of the planes can build a subliminal story line that runs through a piece that interacts and supports the theme. Just as we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself the being the chief corner stone.
.Volume…also like line and plane may be explicit or implicit. Volume like Joy must occupy space. Joy while a solid experience is a diaphanous event; has me grasping at veils of cloud colors with soaring lines emitting rapturous volumes of memories of laughter.
In Him the whole structure is joined together harmoniously, and it continues to rise into a holy temple in the Spirit. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and ground in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints that is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you might be filled withal the fulness of God. Tastes like lemon meringue pie on a hot summer day, washed down with cold Earl Gray tea.