opening prayer

"opening prayer " 5" x 7" —original SOLD
“opening prayer ” 5″ x 7″ —original SOLD

This painting started on a snowy evening in April 2013.  My only wish was to play with color and create one-dimensional growing things to boost my foul mood.

It became a prayer of sorts as I mixed and layered strokes of color, losing myself in the faith-filled movements on the paper.

This was intended to be a larger piece, but as it progressed it became clear the “center” was coming forth in a way that no longer fit the rest of the piece.

I wrestled with making it fit for awhile, but eventually my decision was to “carve” it out and let this 5″ x 7″ cut stand as its own work of art.

It’s a nice metaphor for growth — as many times we are called to leave a frame we came from to claim the new center that is emerging.

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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