The art and craft of pysanky

Lenten Prayer Project

It is such a privilege to connect my spiritual life and my art…and to see it reach farther than I ever thought possible boggles my mind.  Recently I submitted a photo of my work to Clayfire Curator and just yesterday found out it was chosen as part of a Lenten Prayer Project.

Lent, the season of reflection leading to Easter, brings to mind different images to different people.  Growing up it always meant giving up something important to me, like candy.  Avoiding sweets didn’t usually last very long, and then it was merely a matter of confessing my sin and waiting for the Easter bunny to bring goodies.

Last year my Lenten experience changed that mental image dramatically.  Preparing for a gallery show of my pysanky and working only in black and white challenged me both as an artist and a Christ-follower.  Through that experience I understood, possibly for the first time, what it really means to depend on God for my very next step.  And the celebration of Easter felt so much sweeter with the joy of adding color back to my work.

I don’t know what Lent will hold for me this year, but I find myself looking forward to learning more about myself and about God through it all.  What about you?

4 responses

  1. Karen Hanlon

    My faith is an indespensible part of doing pysanky, and I appreciate your art that much more because of the prayer you put into it. Thank you!

    May 31, 2011 at 10:11 am

  2. e~

    Kind of a story ….How i found you . So glad i did you Pysanky is beautiful~
    God gives good hugs .

    April 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  3. I’ve posted a note about your blog linked to it on my blog. Thanks for the beauty you bring to this world through your art and faith.

    March 14, 2011 at 6:28 am

    • Thank you Katherine. Your words of encouragement mean a lot to me.

      March 14, 2011 at 7:04 am

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