Explore Christ as a Healing Icon
with Kristena West M.A.
OPEN AS A SELF-STUDY
Free PODCAST intro to the class, so you can get an understanding of my approach. You also get to hear me snort with laughter- I did not edit it out- enjoy!
Artists at some point or other, will probably devote some time to considering the Christ and what that means to them. Christianity is a world religion, an esoteric study, a universal symbol, and has millions of stories, arts, music dedicated to this theme over 2,000 years.
"Those who want to paint Christ have to live with Him."
Fra Angelico (1387-1455)
“The essential thing is to work in a state of mind that approaches prayer.”
– Henri Matisse
Contemplation as a Way into the Heart Space
For years I had a small private group where a global community of dedicated artists working with deities could come together and share artistic creative stories and ideas with each other.
In that exploration of contemplative arts we all learned so much about our approaches to art. One of the main thoughts about working with deities, is no one does it the same way; similar but different, and that is a good thing.
But everybody recognizes the necessity of contemplation. Christian contemplation, from contemplatio, Latin Theoria, refers to several Christian practices which aim at "looking at", "gazing at", "being aware of" God or the Divine.
When we undertake to work in a contemplative way, it's a quiet, inner-working of pondering our subject in our hearts. This might include holy texts, music and meditation.
We do this naturally when we enter into a book we love, give ourselves over to great music, reading poetry, and re-engage with our creative practice. But sacred contemplation is a quieter journey, soft quiet sacred music, incense, being alone if possible with phones/alarm clocks etc off. A time for our selves and the beginning of our dialogue.
examples of participants works
JANNEKE ROSENBRAND HEAD OF CHRIST
CONTE & PASTEL CHARCOAL PAPER 18" X 24"
PROJECT 1: WARM-UP PANTOCRATOR
Let's Start with a warm-up with our Pantocrator the direct LOOK of Christ into you soul. This begins our journey into contemplation of a portrait of Christ taken from the Pantocrator painting, and here is a participants work last year. Each artist will have their own experience of the beginning of this sacred conversation. You might be aware of synchronicities, dreams, new ideas as you begin this process.
SHELLEY MASTER HEAD OF CHRIST
PASTEL CHARCOAL PAPER 18" X 24"
PROJECT 2: PASTEL PORTRAIT
You can use an image of Christ-Jesus that you like, or use the images that are available for download for your use.
Shelley wanted to work with Giotto so her portraits were inspirations from that great spiritual artist. This led to lively discussions about different artists throughout time.