|Passiflora maliformis -- Sweet Calabash, drawing by |
Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2012
Another factor might be that they are almost impossible for me to draw on the computer. There are just too many patterns -- the kinds of patterns that require the artist to do something like the "spatter painting" that we used to do in elementary school art classes. Since I can't create the many complex designs involved, I have to find some other way to give an impression of design and pattern which often leads to the discovery of new artistic techniques on the computer. Anyway, enough rambling, let me tell you a bit about "Sweet Calabash".
This species is native and common in the wild in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Barbados and Trinidad; also Venezuela, Colombia and northern Ecuador. It is cultivated in Jamaica, Brazil and Ecuador for its fruits.
All in all, a fascinating plant. Be advised, there are still a number of other Passion Flowers I haven't tried drawing yet, so...
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS
Recently I came across some photographs taken of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Martin in Beuron Germany. I want to show you examples of the particular type of art work was developed there and, as well, I want to tell you about the patron of the abbey, St. Martin.
|Beuron Archabbey (in German Erzabtei Beuron,|
otherwise Erzabtei St. Martin) is a major house of
the Benedictine Order located at Beuron in the
upper Danube valley in Baden-Württemberg
For those of you not familiar with St. Martin of Tours, let me quickly tell you the story about the event for which St. Martin has been most frequently portrayed artistically and for which he is best known.
As reported by his biographer, Sulpicius Severus, a contemporary of his, Martin was already a tribune at the time of this event. It happened when he was on garrison duty at Amiens. On a bitterly cold winter day, the young tribune Martin rode through the gates, probably dressed in the regalia of his unit -- gleaming, flexible armor, ridged helmet, and a beautiful white cloak whose upper section was lined with lambswool. As he approached the gates he saw a beggar, with clothes so ragged that he was practically naked. The beggar must have been shaking and blue from the cold but no one reached out to help him. Martin, overcome with compassion, took off his mantle. In one quick stroke he slashed the lovely mantle in two with his sword, handed half to the freezing man and wrapped the remainder on his own shoulders. Many in the crowd thought this was so ridiculous a sight that they laughed and jeered but some realized that they were seeing Christian goodness. That night Martin dreamed that he saw Jesus wearing the half mantle he had given the beggar. Jesus said to the angels and saints that surrounded him, "See! this is the mantle that Martin, yet a catechumen, gave me." When he woke, it was the "yet a catechumen" that spurred the 18-year-old Martin on and he went immediately to be baptized.
|Here we see the beggar and St. Martin handing him half his cloak.|
The Latin reads: "Saint Martin, pray for us"
This link gives you a selection of Beuronese works if you are interested.
Suki and Sallie
Actually, she has been doing much better of late. She seems to realize that I am not going to get up now in the middle of the night just because she is hungry. I only get up now if there is something that I need to do and I feel awake enough to be safe. Only occasionally do I get that rather scary feeling which lets me know that a fall could be imminent. I try to stay alert for that feeling and if it comes, then I quickly get myself back to bed.
Each day that passes without my falling is just another day to be so very grateful.
I don't know if I have mentioned it or not, but in not too many more months there will be a new baby in my family. This baby has been long desired and we are all waiting joyfully for the great day to arrive. I am working on a couple of special drawings -- one for the mother-to-be and one for the new baby. And, should you feel so inclined, I would really appreciate prayers for the safe delivery of "Baby" (don't know if it is a boy or girl yet) and the continued good health of the mother-and-father-to-be. This is their first child! Thanks.
May St. Martin of Tours pray for us all and may the peace of God be with us today and always.