Sunday, 1 December 2013

Familiar Flowers and Advent

"Morning Glory Blossom, Stylized", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2013

Today, on this first Sunday of Advent, I want to show you a couple of new flower drawings.

The first one, entitled: "Morning Glory Blossom, Stylized", is my attempt to create my own version of a beautifully drawn Art Nouveau Morning Glory blossom.  My version is more "modern Sallie" than it is Art Nouveau, I'm afraid!

At any rate, I enjoyed doing the drawing very much and although I was not able to capture the curving beauty of the Art Nouveau style, I do feel somewhat pleased with the result.  I can only hope you enjoy it as well.

"Calla Trinity", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2013

Now, for this second drawing, I really shouldn't even have to tell you the name of this flower.  You have seen so many of my drawings of Calla lilies over the years (assuming you have been following my blog for any period of time).

What can I say?  I do not think I will ever get tired of trying to capture the beauty that I see in the "uncluttered curves" present in every Calla lily.

I called this drawing "Calla Trinity", as you can see above; however, I considered calling it "Colouration"!  Why?  Because, as some of you are aware, the  name of my art print business is "Colouration". Of course, few are aware of this name since I have never really been able to get a business started!

Every time I try, I always end up giving things freely to the churches and charitable organizations that request my permission to use them.  When I do charge for items, I end up charging little more than cost for the items.  After all these years, it would take me quite some time to even earn back all the money I have spent on art work and then given away to some charity or church or friend.  I simply do not have the head or the heart of a business woman! 

Oh, well, c'est la vie as the French say! 



"Waiting", drawing of Our Lady by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2013

With the season of Advent in mind, I began drawing this image of Our Lady some weeks ago.  I wanted to create something that I felt was saying: "Come, Sallie, and wait with me."

This is the reason why I drew Our Lady's eyes looking directly at me.  I really wanted to feel as though she was asking me to wait, to be silent, to anticipate both the Second Coming and the yearly recalling of the birth of Our Lord Jesus.

I don't know if this image will speak to you or not, but I hope it will. In this modern world where advertisers feed our addiction for the latest, the fastest, the best, the biggest, the idea of waiting for something is truly counter-cultural!  However, I really want to try to spend time consciously waiting, with Our Lady, for these next four weeks.  Who knows, maybe it will become a habit!

I did get new pamphlets of reflections to use daily during Advent.  I decided to try the Liguori Press offerings this year.  I ended up having to order two different ones, however.  Why?  Because one that attracted me is written by a Jesuit, but, just in case there was too much of the "mind" in his reflections, I also decided to get a pamphlet by a Franciscan as I know I can always rely on a Franciscan to give me a good dose of "heart" in whatever is written. Kind of like the combination our current Holy Father presents!  



Here is Suki soundly sleeping although her
eyes appear to be slightly open
As most of you know, whenever I am sitting in my recliner in the living room now, Suki always ends up in the chair on the other side of the side table.  No matter where I am that is where Suki wants to sleep.

Here is Suki awake (and displeased).  I tried
to sneak up on her, but how do you sneak
up on a cat?!

Recently, just after finishing Morning Prayer, I looked over at Suki and had to laugh.  She was sound asleep, but her eyes still looked as though they were open.  

I know that cats can do this and that they even have two sets of eyelids on each eye; however, this time it really looked as though Suki was staring at me, but I could see that she was dreaming so I knew she was sound asleep. I stealthily tried to move into a position from which I could take a photo with my iPad, but I was only able to get one click off before Suki actually awoke! 

I could see that she was not pleased about being awakened so I took a picture of her again just so I could show her how grumpy she looks whenever her naps get interrupted.

Truly, it is very nice to have Suki's companionship wherever I go in the apartment.  She doesn't say very much until she feels those hunger pangs, but then she has a lot to say.  What a cat!

I, on the other hand, do not have a great deal to say as nothing much has happened this past week.  The only doctor's appointment I had was to see a specialist so that he could ask me how I was doing.  After he ascertained that I was doing all right, he wrote me a new prescription!  Nothing exciting about that.

After writing the above paragraph, I was interrupted by my buzzer which meant that visitors had arrived downstairs.  I knew it was the visitors from St. Michael's Cathedral so I let them in right away. They were bringing me the most wonderful gift I can imagine -- the gift of Our Lord in Holy Communion.  They have gone now and I am still feeling the joy of receiving the Eucharist.

On this positive note, I will end today's posting.
May Our Lady teach us all how to wait upon the Lord during these next four weeks of Advent so that we will be ready to celebrate His birth on Christmas Day.
May the peace of God be with us all.  Amen. 

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