She's one of my best friends in the whole world. I met her in the dark. I found her blog late one depressed night. Many of you know I'm bipolar, so let me tell ya, my depression is epic. She is not bipolar, but she's battled the beast of darkness. When I read her blog it was like hearing her say, "Me, too." We became friends, and it was she who put a lot in motion to get me published. It was she I traveled to Africa with. It is she who seems to understand my deepest dreams. She masterfully edited two of my books, one of which was named in The Library Journal's Best of 2008 list. Even better? One of her books, a favorite of mine, made the same list. :D.
I started the lisacon with this pink, fun paper, thinking I'd have such fun. She's such a whimsical personality, but as I worked, I hit the touching blue note that seems to define our friendship. You know the blue note in jazz, right? It makes you feel happy, and sad, and hopeful, all at once.
Here's the lisacon:
Here, as part of the background, I chose the hymn by John Henry Newman, "Lead kindly, Light." On the blue side panel the lyrics pronounces the soul cry of many: "The night is dark, and I am far from home." She is a lover of justice and the poor. I added that element to her nimbus (I was hungry and you fed me, from Matt. 25). I also added and the tools she uses to right many wrongs to her hands. The peacock has special meaning for her. It was a profound, soul altering experience creating this.
I keep thinking about how much we need Jesus in this dark world. I've had many dark nights that I longed to be done with this world and all it's pain and suffering, and, dear Lord! I've never seen a more kindly Light than Christ's. Newman's lovely hymn continues to resonate with me, long after I've finished this collage. I'm posting the lyrics so it might bless you, too.
Lead, Kindly Light
Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom, lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!
So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till the night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile, which I
Have loved long since, and lost awhile!
Meantime, along the narrow rugged path, Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith, home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.
p.s. I have zero technique. I'm discouraged by my lack of good skill, permission to make bad art, and all. Can any of you mixed media artist tell me any particular resources or books that have been helpful to you. I especially need to figure out the best glues, papers, and such to use that won't buckle. Or something to finish with besides gel medium! And how the heck will I ever learn to draw???