Dear Friends and Family:
We hope this summer is going well for you all? It is a working summer for us- God is blessing us with many opportunities to make our art and share it! So, it’s crazy busy sometimes but also great fun because we love what we’re doing! Couldn’t be better!!
This morning this is the last little baby bird to fly the nest on our front porch!!
“Even the sparrow finds a home, and a swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.” Psalm 84:3-4
I’ve just taught an Icon Workshop at Holy Cross Monastery and that is always a blessing for everyone, praise God.
Also just took a week long painting intensive at Bennington College through my alma mater, Massachusetts College of Art. During this workshop, I began exploring the boundaries between Icons and religious painting- something I hope to do a lot more of this coming year. Here is a photo with me and my Saint Joan of Arc painting.
This from Michael: “I have been working on a video on Psalm 23 which has been a wonderful project. It has given me a deeper understanding of how close the relationship of King David was with God. The first line states the Lord is my shepherd and right up front assigns authority to God. David declares that God has authority over him and once that has been established the Psalm then states God’s security, leadership, rest, provision, abundance, redemption, direction, love, family and on and on until finally unity with Him for eternity.
This Holy scripture describes so intimately the relationship between God and David and it is all available when David assigns authority over his life to the good shepherd. David having been a shepherd himself before becoming a king, understood the roles of both of those positions. He likens himself to a sheep under the care of a shepherd, a foreshadow of how Jesus became the sacrificial lamb for mankind under the authority of God the Father. The depth of the love voiced in Psalm 23 is a witness to the love Jesus has for us.
Psalm 23 video
Please watch the video and share it with someone who may not know the Psalm at all. When I started to film people for the video, I approached a group of teenagers on a NY subway platform and asked if they would read the psalm 23, none of them knew what a psalm was, never mind the number 23. One young man was willing to try, but a train came in at that point. That experience just increased my desire to make scripture alive to people who do not get to hear it in their daily lives.”
And, for the first time ever, Michael and I had a pop up exhibition together in my studio in Hudson. It was so much fun, visiting with our friends and being able to talk in depth with them about our work. Thank you God!!
Sending you all love and prayers,
Christine and Michael