This week we feature another wonderful piece by the very talented Erin Krogh. Erin is the 19-year-old who said, “I was always the person to question God and religion but regardless of what the question was, the answer always showed up in my art”
This young, beautiful and talented parishioner of St Anthony’s in Petit Valley, and volunteer at the Living Waters Community confessed that “I would doodle on everything and anything that I could find, and often get in trouble with my mother for doodling on my textbooks because she planned to sell them after”. But there was a time when Erin did not believe that art was her thing. “I found doing art for school too constraining and I did not want to feel like that when doing art”.
Presently in her second year at UWI, where she is doing a double major in Biology and Environmental science, Erin confessed that she has never stopped painting. “ Art is something I highly gravitate to and it just comes naturally to me, I do not get up in the morning and think about art, art just becomes part of my day unintentionally “.
Erin said that she believes that her art is both a skill and a gift from God, she also said, “I want my art to be relatable” because she is plaiting in a way to connect with persons from all walks of life.
So here is how we are going to do it.
1. Set aside 20 minutes in the day for the guided prayer experience
2. As you begin to prayer take a few minutes to open your heart and mind to God.
3. When you are ready, slowly look and notice the image, taking your time to let feelings and thoughts come to you as you take in forms, figures, colors, lines, textures, and shapes. What does it look like, or remind you of? What are your initial thoughts? What feelings are evoked?
4. Now, return to the image with an open heart and mind again. You may now experience new thoughts, meanings, and feelings. Start, exploring new meanings and feeling that come to you associated with the image. Be aware of any assumptions or expectations that you bring to the image. Regardless of your response to the image — delight, disgust, indifference, and confusion — contemplate prayerfully the reason for your response and what these responses might mean for and about you.
5. As you go deeper in this prayer, open yourself to what the image might reveal to you. What does the Spirit want to say, evoke, make known, or express to you in quiet meditation? What are your feelings, thoughts, desires, and meanings evoked by the image and how they are directly connected to your life?
6. Now, take the time to respond to God. Jot down in a journal the insights you want to remember, actions you are invited to take, the wisdom you hope to embody, or any feelings or thoughts you wish to express. Bring your prayer to a close-by resting in God’s grace and love.
Source info: https://www.patheos.com/resources/additional-resources/2009/07/praying-with-art-visio-divina