Laurel’s Jubilee Bouquet
8 x 8 Acrylic on canvas
© 2017 – Hazel Breitkreutz (all rights reserved)
Project 16/50 is a creative project to help me consider the threshold of turning 50 years old. 15 friends joined with me, so there were a total of 16 considering the creative prompt: Old Growth Reaching, New Growth Rooting (See Feeling Fifty – for a more complete explanation)
In this fourth post I will highlight three participants, Hazel, Shelley and Ken.
1. Visual Artist Hazel Breitkreutz
Her painting is pictured above as the feature image. About her process, Hazel writes:
I struggled with what to prepare for the theme “Old growth Reaching – New Growth Rooting.” I just couldn’t stay ‘underground’ so to speak. As I prayed and sought to find my painting path I kept hearing and envisioning God’s grace and joys in the midst of pain disappointment and struggle. I began with darks upon a sunny rich background of brilliant sunshine. This is what emerged! A Jubilee bouquet – Laurel’s Jubilee Bouquet.
2. Poet Shelley McDonald-Lin
Here’s what Shelley had to say about the process of writing her poem of blessing:
I have recently been reflecting upon/praying John O’Donnohue’s “Blessing for a Leader” in To Bless the Space Between Us . It is beautiful and rich. With this in my heart these days, I decided to try my hand at writing a blessing. I tried to follow the rule, Laurel, about this piece not being about you. In truth, I did have you in mind as I wrote this as I think you’ll see. But I hope that what I have written is general enough to speak to a broader audience and hopefully resonate with anyone 50ish. As I was grappling with what to write, an illustration in one of my favourite children’s book, Toot and Puddle, came to mind. It is below. When Puddle jumps in the pond, he shouts “Olé!” To me, it speaks of such freedom and joy. Laurel, I see such joy in you. And, Laurel, I know that your life (like all of ours I suppose) has been one of strength and struggle. It is part of your beauty, and truly your beauty has been to me a road sign to hope.
A Blessing for a Friend on her Fiftieth Birthday
May you have eyes to continually re-see the worn paths of past journeys, to recognize the hand that led, the strength that sustained, and the heartbeat of Love’s faithful presence.
May you plant new flowers in the same-old garden.
May you embrace your beauty, carved by years of strength and struggle. To others in need of encouragement, may this beauty be a road sign towards hope.
May your mouth be filled with laughter; humour a balm when sorrow is your cup.
May creativity continue to be your midwife, coaching you in labor until you behold the beautiful newborn word, the image, the song.
May you cultivate the art of slow. Make the turtle your mascot and old growth trees your tutor.
May bread and wine be as abundant as the friends around your table.
May you receive the days ahead, resting in being found, holding hands with Goodness and Mercy that will surely walk with you all the days of your life.
© 2017 – Shelley McDonald-Lin (all rights reserved)
picture inset credit: Toot and Puddle, Author, Illustrator: Holly Hobbie
3. Visual artist Ken Kutney.
Here’s what Ken wrote about his process:
WatercolorWe are Watched Over© 2017 – Ken Kutney (all rights reserved)