It's time to show up with our friends for Spiritual Journey Thursday.
Margaret at Reflections on the Teche is our host this month and
selected Spiritual Art as our theme. The image shared on her post reminds
us of the value of touch and connection during this time of pandemic.
More than 25 years ago while living in Houston, we purchased original art for our home. I love each piece, but this one remains a favorite. When we walked through our current home with a realtor, I could already visualize this art by Annell Livingston mounted above the fireplace in the living room.
Annell's later works focus on geometric shapes, but this earlier piece speaks to my soul and has continued to do so for the decades that it has resided in our home. There's a definite southwestern feel to this piece which may be why we were so attracted to it. I love the colors, the movement I feel when I look at it, the honing in on a contemplative moment with one person perched in front of a small building (that I like to think of as a chapel). It encourages me to slow down, to breathe, to meditate, to savor the beauty that surrounds me.
Indeed, borrowing from this article in our files from an unidentified magazine, Annell's art "...reminds us that sacred space is all around..." ("Squaring Off: Annell Livingston's radical shift from realism to abstraction," by Donna Tennant, September 1993). During this time of pandemic, I find embracing sacred space to be an essential act. Whether that sacred space is found in art, in nature, in scripture, in prayer or in mediation, it is a way to connect with the divine. I hope you are finding sacred space in your days.
If you feel so inclined, could you add my brother, Karl, and his family, to your prayer list? He is hospitalized in Oklahoma and facing serious medical issues (not COVID).