Sunday, 7 June 2015

Hands and Arms!

"Girl in a Chair", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2015

Today's drawing was inspired by a painting called "Golden Girl". It is the work of a living artist, Michael Garmash. I was attracted to it because of the placement of the hands and arms.  While I remain dissatisfied with what I accomplished in this particular drawing, I intend to continue to work on these various body parts until I can draw them correctly! So, expect to continue seeing more of such compositions.

As for the artist, Michael Garmash was born in Lugansk ( Ukraine, USSR) in 1969. He began painting at the age of three. When he began his formal education at age 6, his teachers, recognizing real, natural talent, sent his works to a variety of exhibitions in what was then the Soviet Union where his work was praised and encouraged. 

In 1992, already married to his wife, Inessa, also an artist, he began studying at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art. His painting style, as well as that of his wife, is known as romantic impressionism. In addition to painting, he has also excelled in the creation of stained-glass windows. 

Today, Michael and Inessa Garmash are considered two of the finest romantic impressionists of our day. One of the most unusual aspects of their work is that both Michael and Inessa often combine their talents – both contributing their artistic abilities on the same painting. Here is the story of how their first collaboration occurred. 

A few years after their marriage, Michael began a painting of their young daughter, Polina, for a project at the Academy. However, the two-year- old Polina came across the painting during her father’s absence and decided to embark upon her own artistic career! Inessa, after seeing what her daughter had done and not wanting her husband to be upset, fixed the painting using her own training, packed it up, wrapped it and gave it to him for submission. Michael submitted the painting for review and was praised for completing his best work ever. When the painting was returned, Michael was surprised to see the finished painting and immediately recognized his wife's hand in the completed work. After questioning Inessa as to what had prompted her to work on the painting, they realized that their combined efforts provided them with a unique gift which they have continued to use.

Portions of the above information were taken from various Internet sources.


Rònàn standing on his Dad's lap

Rònàn will be baptized today at his parish church.  Although the church is quite a distance from where I live, I will definitely be in attendance. Today, not even the pain will stop me from being there on Rònàn's special day.

If I end up with any photos, I will be certain to share them with you in next Sunday's blog posting. 

Of course, Braden will be there as well!

Braden -- The Axeman Cometh!  Play that guitar!

As for this photo of Braden... While it is a bit unusual, I do like it as it reminds me of those photos/videos of a wild guitar player in a rock band who, at the end of a particularly energetic song, raises his guitar (or axe) above his head and brings it crashing down on the floor! 



Suki trying to figure out what I am doing?

Another quiet week with Suki... no noise monsters invading the apartment, no fire alarms -- false or otherwise -- going off and not too much complaining by Suki when I failed to get out of bed after she had made several attempts at blind-rattling and bell ringing.  In fact, she even allowed me to sleep until almost 8 a.m. on Saturday morning!  

Of course, the business of letting me sleep in on Saturday might have something to do with Suki feeling guilty over the fact that on Friday, she gobbled down her breakfast too quickly and ended up disgorging it all over the rug in the hallway! 

Fortunately, I was close by at the time and so was able to clean up her mess quickly before it had a chance to penetrate that "Scotchguard" stuff they put on these rugs now.  However, I did speak to her quite severely and at great length about what a naughty cat she had been -- reminding her that she is now of an age where she should know better than to gobble down her food in the first place!  Since then, I have been monitoring her carefully and keeping her on half rations just in case she threw up due to some illness rather than greedy eating.  So far, so good.

As for me, I am now back on another round of antibiotics for this stubborn infection that is just refusing to go away.  I had finished 10 days of antibiotics about a week ago and so this past Wednesday I went for tests to see if the infection was gone.  It wasn't and so now I am on another type of antibiotic -- supposedly more bacteria specific.  Hopefully, this one will do the job.
"Icon--St. Ronan the Silent",
by the hand of Sarah "Sallie"
Thayer, 2014, Rev. 2015

As you know, I will be attending the Baptism of dear Rònàn this afternoon at 2 p.m. I made a print of the icon I did of his patron saint and had it mounted so this will be my Baptismal gift to him.

St. Rònàn the Silent, pray for him.



(Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ)

"Icon -- Corpus Christi", by the  hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, revised 2015

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the day when the Passover Lamb was killed, the disciples asked him, "Where would you have us go to prepare the Passover meal for you?" So Jesus sent two of his disciples with these instructions, "Go into the city and there a man will come to you carrying a jar of water. Follow him to the house he enters and say to the owner, 'The Master says: Where is the room where I may eat the Passover meal with my disciples?' Then he will show you a large room upstairs, already arranged and furnished. There you will prepare for us." The disciples went off. When they reached the city, they found everything just as Jesus had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal. While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. And he said, "Take this, it is my body." Then he took a cup and after he had given thanks, passed it to them and they all drank from it. And he said, "This is my blood, the blood of the Covenant, which is to be poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not taste the fruit of the vine again until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdom of God." After singing psalms of praise, they went out to the Mount of Olives.  Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

Today's Feast deals, once again, with things more sublime than mere words can express or normal human reasoning can comprehend. If what the Church proclaims on this day is true, then those who faithfully receive the consecrated Bread (and Wine) are being fed by the Corpus of Christ. God has become their very food and drink!  

Just think of that common expression used so frequently these days by "diet doctors":  you are what you eat.  If that is true, then what do we become when we feed on the God who is Love, love itself? 

If only it were that simple.  In reality, we all know of many people who, now and throughout the centuries, have received Holy Communion daily and have done terrible, hateful things.  As well, we all know of people who receive Holy Communion daily and whose lives of loving action transform not only themselves but all those with whom they come in contact. How does such transformation occur and why are some transformed and not others?

Once again, I must acknowledge my ignorance before such a great mystery.  I remain silent and, instead, give you the words of St. Thomas Aquinas from the hymn he prepared for this Feast:

Down in adoration falling, the sacred Host we hail; 
O'er ancient forms departing, newer rites of grace prevail; 
Faith for all defects supplying, where the feeble senses fail.
From the Tantum Ergo Sacramentum by St. Thomas Aquinas

Lord of Love, truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, make our hearts like Yours.


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