Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The creative process: FAITH

When I was in Kolkata, India, I went to 6 a.m. Mass almost every morning at Mother House, which was right across the alley from where I lived. After Mass, the sisters said their morning prayers, which always included the Prayer of Saint Francis.

When I read this prayer, I can hear their voices softly reciting it, kneeling on the cement floor with the morning light streaming in through the handmade blue checkered curtains. It brings such a feeling of peace, and is an incredible mantra for daily living -- regardless of your background, age, challenges, or faith.

This piece is the first in a series inspired by the life and words of Mother Teresa, and profits from these works will fund summer visual art and creative problem-solving workshops for at-risk students in North Carolina. 
[This workshop concept is still in the "dream phase" -- stay tuned. :)]

Imagine the reassurance this piece of art would give you if placed in an office space, where countless hours of hard work, trial and failure, over and over again were happening every day... or by your front door where you could see it every day as you go out to face the world. 

The glitter pieces are the ones that I can't stop looking at, and I wish these pictures did justice to the way the sparkle glows out against the black...

acrylic paint, recycled paper, glitter, vintage book pages.

[All photos, artwork, and content by Ann Howell Brown, 2012]

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