Workshops

Workshop Scheduled January 22, 2011

Check out the article in the Roseleaf:

http://www.fumcsantarosa.org/roseleaf/roseleaf-january-2011

Can’t wait to see everyone there!

COMING IN JANUARY!

During the gallery show, there was a sign up sheet for folks wanting to attend a workshop about the collage process used in most of the pieces that were hanging.  Unfortunately, that sign up sheet disappeared.  That is okay, because people may sign up again here.*

Saturday, January 22, 2011, will be the next Soul Painting workshop.  It is to be held at the Stony Point/Giffen Avenue campus of the First United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa, just south of Sebastopol Road.  Time will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  This will be a Christ-centered fun and spiritual workshop in which participants will connect to deeper meaning through art play.  NO artistic ability is needed!  Bring your sense of humor and your faith.  The workshop is free, but there is a materials fee of $25.

*If you would like to sign up for this workshop, email me at:  paulalpeterson@gmail.com  (Members of the First United Methodist Church have priority.)

Make Me An Instument, Oh Lord

This piece is an extremely important one to me.  It came out of prayer and in preparation for my first God-centered, soul painting workshop.  The prayer was a simple request that God lead me and take my ego out of the workshop making it all about the people attending, a group of my Cursillo prayer sisters.  I followed my usual process wetting the paper and dripping the paint, letting it run where it would for awhile without directing it in any way other than with my straw, blowing out the puddles.

Lo and behold, as I stood back to look at the product, there clearly appeared a robed figure complete with halo!  I was truly shocked to see the form of Mary standing there, in my painting! It was a bit scary I confess.   But, by this time, I had learned to trust the process and let go of my intent.  So, I darkened the outline around her form, lifted a little of the yellow in the halo and began collaging the components I had found for the piece.  It wasn’t until I was nearly done that I realized that she was raising her right hand, as if in a blessing (dark blue on the left of the figure)!  To me?!  Well, at that instant I knew the workshop would work just fine!  How could it not with Mary’s blessing upon it?!

There is also a child standing next to her.  I’m almost afraid to think of who it represents.

Under the Greek symbol in the upper left, is a verse from Thomas, one of the lost scrolls of the bible, it reads, “Jesus said: One does not harvest grapes from thorn bushes.  One does not pick figs from thistles, they do not bear fruit.  The good man, from the secret of his heart, produces goodness.  The wicked man, from the secret of his heart, produces wickedness.  That which is expressed, is that which overflows from the heart.”  Works for me!  I also found this piece of music, “Let the Master Use You.”  The song goes, “Pure and sweet and holy keep your heart for Him, Jesus wants you to be true.”

Finally I wrote, “Make me an instrument, oh Lord.  Lead me as I lead others who are hopeful, needy, trusting.  Mary blesses me and bids me go–trust the Lord to lead me.  Who is this child she brings?”

Soul Painting Workshop August 8, 2009

A local FA group is hosting my workshop, Soul Painting, at Isis Oasis.  It is a closed workshop for FA members only.  (Pics to come!)  The above collage was done in preparation for this workshop.  I love bright colors, they seem so happy and the red, yellow and blue ribbons of of color used here seemed very happy indeed.  Of course butterflies are a metephor for beautiful, positive change like that the FA members are going through.  Brava to them for loving themselves enough to make the changes necessary.