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Cosmic Drama

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A lot of people have asked to get a better view of the assemblage I posted in the “Art-N-Soul” blog as the actual picture was way too big! Click on this image and get a reduced, faster loading picture. I am also included the text I had next to the artwork at the gallery explaining the meaning behind the pieces used in the assemblage:

The Cosmic Drama:

They say that “all the world is a stage” but the moment of the cross made the earth the stage of the universe as God and the heavenly hosts watched the plan of redemption unfold. This piece of artwork is a mixed-media, assemblage with each piece holding a spiritual significance. The Shadow box represents the universe. The protractor and the skeleton leaf’s represent God the Father and the heavenly hosts as they watch the Passion play on earth. In the middle of the protractor is the eye of God, measuring out the full love of Christ’s sacrifice. The center rectangle piece is a found backing of a picture frame with gold-stamped suns/sons and silk ribbon lettering around the edges declaring the message behind the cross. I started this whole thing off by painting a quick white cross (I didn’t know at the time what I was going to end up with…) and then a red heart. I followed this with found bits of a washer, cut mettle mesh, and old keys to represent (in a Cubic fashion) Christ’s body. The keys have obvious reference to Christ as the key to salvation and the “hands” and “feet” where set in a reverse direction to emphasize the holes where Christ was pierced. The bit of Bazooka Bubble Gum wrapper represents the sign Pilot place above Christ’s head mocking him as “King of the Jews.” Down below the cross are objects representing people who watched the death on the cross. On the right side is Mary, Jesus’ mother. She is represented in the royal blue ribbon and the “7” of the dice. The stamp represents the thoughts of a mother, seeing her son tortured and hung on the cross but remembering him as a small child she held as a baby. On the left are two watch faces representing the mortal lives of the soldiers who were administrating Christ’s death and the disciple John (he is the one on the left with the small hearts on the watch face). The open pen knife signifies the cruelty of man and the pain we inflict and feel all of our lives.

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art and religion

I was reading the article below and it makes me sad to see such actions by professed Christians. As a Christian, this type of behavior goes against the central message of the gospel and it pushes other, nonbelievers, away from a relationship with Christ. Who would want to be part of a group of people who behave in such a manner. Anyway, take a look at the article and accept my apologies on behave of other “Christians” holy actions…

‘Orthodox Bulldozer’
Artists whose works deal with religious themes are reviled by the Russian Orthodox Church, while the vandals who destroy their works are hailed as martyrs
By Konstantin Akinsha

In January a gang of vandals wearing camouflage gear invaded the S.P.A.S. Gallery in St. Petersburg and splattered paint and ink over an exhibition of Oleg Yanushevsky’s constructions, called “Contemporary Icons.” Yanushevsky’s ironic message—that President George W. Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and other political and pop-culture celebrities were the modern equivalents of holy figures—was considered an insult to the Russian Orthodox Church and to the sensibilities of believers. Although the works were destroyed and the gallery seriously damaged, the St. Petersburg prosecutor refused even to investigate the vandalism.

Full Editorial from Past Issue

Seasons

“Honor the seasons of nature and the rhythms of your life.” Thomas Moore

What are the seasons of you life? What season are you in now? Will will usher in a new one? How do you react to various seasons? Do you fight some and welcome others? Why do we have/need seasons anyway?

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Creativity Blueprints

Creativity Blueprints
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Issue #7 – 07/04/04

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FEATURE ARTICLES
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10 Effective Ways to Communicate with a Right-Brained Person
http://www.ideamarketers.com/toolbox/article15.cfm?issueid=1996&articleid=29931
With the right-brained person, feel free to beat around the bush! In this article, we provide others communication tips of use to you personally and professionally.

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10 Effective Ways to Respond to a Left-Brained Person
http://www.ideamarketers.com/toolbox/article15.cfm?issueid=1996&articleid=29877
Part of good communication is knowing which “brain” you’re talking to. When it’s someone left-brained, here are some tips.

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17 Extraordinary Human Capacities
http://www.ideamarketers.com/toolbox/article15.cfm?issueid=1996&articleid=29814
Here are seventeen extraordinary capacities that make human beings remarkable. When we recognize and use these capacities, the quality of our lives can become more joyful than ever before.

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Need A Scrapbook Journaling Idea?
http://www.ideamarketers.com/toolbox/article15.cfm?issueid=1996&articleid=29918
Hints, tips and ideas on using song lyrics to journal your scrapbook pages and albums.

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Clear Mind, Empty Head?: A Leak in “Mind Like Water”
http://www.ideamarketers.com/toolbox/article15.cfm?issueid=1996&articleid=29957
Do we really want an empty mind? Here’s a vote for clear…

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Smelling the Roses: Better Living Through Savoring
http://www.ideamarketers.com/toolbox/article15.cfm?issueid=1996&articleid=29951
Research in positive psychology says we can increase our life satisfaction by “savoring” our lives. Savoring means focusing on the really good stuff — and that’s what this article helps you do with the ordinary aspects of your days.

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Tips for Taking Great Photos of Flowers
http://www.ideamarketers.com/toolbox/article15.cfm?issueid=1996&articleid=29825
A few quick tips that will help you take better photos of flowers

Mattie Stepanek

FOR OUR WORLD

We need to stop.
Just stop.
Stop for a moment…
Before anybody
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Just silent.
Silent for a moment…
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Just notice.
Notice for a moment…
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice…
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Just be.
Be for a moment…
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.
And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.

This poem was written by Mattie J.T. Stepanek, a 13-year-old young man who was born with a rare neuromuscular disease called dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy. His disease is one of the 43 types of diseases being researched by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Mattie died at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, June 22, according to a statement from the hospital. He had been hospitalized since early March for complications related to the disease that weakened most of his body’s major functions. Mattie was 13 and is survived by his mom Jeni.

“Mattie was something special, something very special,” entertainer Jerry Lewis, who chairs the Muscular Dystrophy Association, said in a statement. “His example made people want to reach for the best within themselves.”

Mattie Stepanek’s Personal Website