love one another: art + links
Another very simple painting that we did together recently.
I printed out "love one another" in a large font
(I don't remember what size?),
cut-out the letters
(imperfectly- we aren't going for perfection here),
and taped them to the canvas.
I have also done this with contact paper, which sticks better but is difficult to pull the backing off.
We painted the entire canvas in whatever shades of blue we liked,
not worrying too much if we smudged under the letters.
After the paint was dry we pulled the letters off, revealing the white underneath.
Someday this will be part of a collage in the girls' bedroom,
for now it hangs out on our craft shelf.
+ two great posts:
Whispering Along a Thin Trembling Thread by Tony Woodlief
What if the reason there are television screens in every godforsaken corner of the U.S., and rampant alcoholism in Russia, and endless electronic distraction in Japan, is because the average man and woman need something, anything, to tamp the intensity of bearing a soul in this soul-crushing age?What if we writers are able to tell stories of hurt and joy only because something in us is dulled enough to look them full in the face?Enough: or why we should all be laughing hysterically in the magazine aisle by Rachel Held Evans
But the way I see it, TIME gave us a something of a gift. By stripping that cover of all pretense, it revealed in plain language the lie behind so much of the media’s messages for women: If you aren’t a sexy, put-together, powerful, super-mom, who breastfeeds her kids until they’re four while baking apple pies, making crayon art, and investing in a successful career, then you’re a failure. You will always fall short. You will never be enough. Such an idea is so absurd, it should elicit laughter, not groans. It’s like millionized lashes and fortified fruit science—too stupid to take seriously!
And yet a small part of us believes it.
Why?This whole idea of the “ideal woman” is one reason I decided to take on my year of biblical womanhood project. I hated how well-intentioned pastors and leaders were taking the Bible I loved so much and turning into yet another magazine cover that asks: “Are you biblical enough?”