Today was an amazing day. Bright blue Colorado skies and a warm 74 degrees outside. I have been reading a book by Christine Valters Painter, an oblate benedictine monk. I discovered her books online and ordered three of them right away. These books are about spirit and art. They are holy and well written. In the book: “The Artist’s Rule” A twelve-Week Journey, are various exercises involving meditation, sacred readings and art exercises. My sister, mother and I had an art workshop today based on an exercise from the book. (page 32 from the book to be exact). In the exercise you begin with three sheets of art paper, we chose 300# watercolor paper. We spent a few moments in prayer before we started and then added some Gregorian chant music with meditation. We then wrote one question on the back of our pre-cut watercolor paper and turned them over and began the exercise of painting with colors that we were drawn too. We finished with collage being very careful not to look at our questions about life written on the backs of the artwork. After a few hours of letting our collages dry we made coffee and then looked at our collages together, talking about what we learned, the questions we asked and how our collages were related in some way to our questions about life. We were very moved by the discussion and what we learned about each other. We also learned that in some way all of our endeavors are related. Our art, our spirituality, our questions about life are somehow all interrelated. The photos below show our collages and below each one is the question that was written on the back of the collage. It is utterly amazing how spirit and art work together when we take time to experience it. I recommend this book and this exercise. This was so much fun and so relaxing!