It may seem that this project has been going forever, but that’s ok. Very gradually the branches of the tree are reaching up to the outside edges…the bubbles are being developed with layers of paint and the angels are one-by-one embellished with marks that create a bridge with the background. Today was the first day that I felt as though this major project is almost completed. I have really enjoyed having Marilyn join me on my afternoons in the St. Anne’s room.
I felt excited as we worked this afternoon…time flew and everything seemed freeing where the paint was concerned. As a result, I left the church later than I had planned. I was looking forward to the Confirmation this evening, of 90 grade six students. I’ve been keeping a number of those students in my heart and prayers as I’ve painted on the wall this past month. Their names are on the wall.
Ongoing progress on the mural…this is a very time-intensive phase of the project. I have about 20 pages left of the second cycle of liturgical readings and then the entire third cycle to apply. Last Tuesday I had thought I was coming to the end of the third cycle. S’ok. First, I’m giving the base of the tree the visual weight required to create a sense of strength and rootedness. The third cycle of readings will be used to develop the branching in a very filigree sort of approach.
Detail With Exposed Reading
The process feels similar to other detail work like knitting, embroidery or weaving. The work is very painstaking, but ultimately the project shows quality and care.
Names of the Baptized: Included Slowly Over Time
To This Point: Two Hundred Names
The beginnings of layered scripture will also create depth and meaning in the piece, all connected with the themes of ‘naming’ and ‘baptism’ as I explore the notion of our inheritance. It was a beautiful and contemplative time in the St. Anne’s room. I thought of my own children throughout the afternoon.