THIS IS A ‘practice’ Monochrome Watercolor completed this week. It is rendered in tints creating the illusion or impression of objects. Watercolor tints are created by simply adding more water to the original color. I’ll explain below why I chose it for our Thought—Bookmark.
I began writing and posting a weekly blog two years ago. Each Thursday features a new original piece of ‘Art’ plus a ‘Thought’ that often relates to the Art. If you are relatively new to this blog you may want to check the <Jim Thomason Fine Art> website. Scroll down the Gallery list on the left and choose any one of the five Galleries: Pen & Ink, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor & Pencil. There you will find most of the pieces that have been featured in the past 105 weeks. You may also scroll down from today’s blog and find all previous posts below in descending order.
Birth of A Thought
HOW DO I ARRIVE at a ‘Thought’ for each Thursday? Good question and one that I sometime ask myself. My prayer is that I be guided by the Spirit to a ‘Thought’ of value, not only to me, but to you as well. So, with that prayer request, how do I discern the answer? They frequently come to my attention during my early morning ‘Quiet Time’ set aside for personal spiritual formation. Some mornings there will be more than one thought, and other mornings none.
My normal pattern is: First, (with a cup of coffee) I read the next chapter in my journey through the Old Testament, (today, Judges 14—Sampson’s Marriage). Then, I Read the next chapter in my New Testament journey (today, Acts 12 –Peter’s Miraculous Escape from Prison). This is followed by reading from a contemporary author. Today I am reading The Wounded Healer, by Henri J. M. Nouwen. Next is my “Psalm 46:10 time—Be still and know that I am God.” I keep a yellow legal pad and pen by my reading chair in the Study/Studio to take notes. Most often it’s during these mornings Quiet Times, or afternoon walks, that these ideas come clearly to mind.
The ‘Thought’ for today—Bookmark—came to me as I placed a bookmark in The Wounded Healer. Once I wrote it down, ideas came into my consciousness about that very common word ‘bookmark’ and what it may say about my life and I believe yours as well. Writing it on my yellow legal pad led to a number of questions:
What is the ‘Bookmark’s ’Role?
“A BOOKMARK IS a thin marking tool, commonly made of card, leather, or fabric, used to keep track of a reader’s progress in a book and allow the reader to easily return to where the previous reading session ended.” In life its like a pause button that separates the ‘already’ from the ‘not yet’.
Does My Life Have ‘Bookmarks’?
YES, EACH ONE separates what already ‘has been’ in your experience from what is ‘not yet’ or what is ahead. We have a ‘bookmark’ ending each day when we fall asleep. We have a ‘bookmark’ at each birthday. We have the ‘bookmark’ of a New Year—Just one week away!
What can I Learn From this ‘Bookmark’?
LET MIDNIGHT, December 31, be the place where you place the bookmark separating 2020 ‘what has been’ with January 1, what is ‘yet to come’. What can I identify that happened: To me? For me? Around me? and Through me? prior to December 31 in 2020? I suggest setting aside 15 to 30 minutes daily. Dedicate this time to rummaging through your 2020 with pencil and pad (or equivalent technology). Make a list of answers to each of these four questions and then evaluate how you may grow during 2021—the New Year of what is ‘yet to be’.
Today’s Art Feature
I CHOSE THIS PIECE of Art for our Thought—Bookmark–because it’s the first new piece of Art that I expect to create weekly in 2021, to accompany the blogs. In these past 107 weeks, I have essentially featured all the pieces in my Gallery inventory. So, above is a practice piece in Monochrome Watercolor. It bookmarks the divide between ‘what was’—art featured in the past—from what ‘is to come’—art not yet completed! I hope you will enjoy the Art and Thoughts in 2021.
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.