My family has always called me Crow-Talker because I cannot help myself. When I know they are near I make a point of chatting with them, asking them how their day is, thanking them for our conversation. I love the way they focus on my face and how they respond when I speak. I think they're absolutely brilliant. And so, for week three on the 52 WEEKS project I just had to paint crow.
Crow is a sacred bird, with great personal integrity and is highly mindful. Crow is also a harbinger of change, a symbol of creation and spiritual healing. Crow is the messenger and magic keeper. Crow is associated with both positive and negative meanings...shape-shifting and magic. As a guide, they provide insight and support intentions. They are a sign of luck but are also associated with the trickster, beware of deception.
It was a busy weekend, but the highlight was coordinating an altered shoe class in the library for kids that was taught by my dear friend. The students enjoyed themselves so much that they've asked for a repeat. I'm thinking that next Rhea & I could co-teach an altered book class as they are so much fun...and being in the library is just the perfect fit. Plus we always have extra books on hand.
Have I mentioned that I've been reading 'The Artist's Rule'? It's written by Christine Valters Paintner, a Benedictine oblate, and is about the relationship between art & faith. Something that is near & dear to my heart. And I recently read a wonderful quote by Thomas Moore that really resonated, "The arts serve this kind of religion by giving us strong images for contemplation, for reflecting on the life-defining mysteries, and for educating ourselves so we can live them out more creatively."
"...life-defining mysteries..." I really like that phrase.