Blue Luna – High Contrast

Next it’s time to paint the canvas.  This is easier to do if I transform the design into high contrast colors which I can easily distinguish as compared to the subtle shading of the design.

For each color in the palette, another is substituted.  This always makes a cool, pop-art kind of image!

HC--Blue-Luna by Carmen CS
HC–Blue-Luna, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, grant her Your guidance and insight.  Help her to see her choices of treatment and of her journey, and to choose wisely among them.  Once they are made, grant her peace with them.

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The world’s standard…

“The essence of the world’s standard is that it sets self in the centre; the essence of the Christian standard is that it sets Christ and others in the centre.”

From my morning readings in “The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians”, Daily Study Bible Series, by William Barclay.

Bromley Solo Violin by markvall
Bromley Solo Violin, a photo by markvall on Flickr.

The focus is on service.  Not just for people we know and love, but for all of God’s creation.  Which doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t start at home, as it were.  But many of my NeedlePrayer projects are for people I have never met, and I never meet them.  But I love them because God does.

Blue Luna – Final Design

And here is the final design.

Blue-Luna-Design by Carmen CS
Blue-Luna-Design, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the beauty and light around us.  Help her to see and remember that beauty during the dark times.

Blue Luna – Subset

Now it’s on to the background!  To break up the work, I decided to concentrate first on a smaller design within the overall piece, which includes the moon and the moth, but not the words.  This design I may use again.

Blue-Luna-Saleable by Carmen CS
Blue-Luna-Saleable, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, our needs are shared.  While each of us in unique, and experiences a unique life, many aspects are common.  Help her to see how she may benefit from, and benefit, others in similar situations.

Christian meditation…

“Eastern meditation is an attempt to empty the mind; Christian meditation is an attempt to fill the mind.”

From my morning readings in “A Celebration of Discipline“, by Richard J. Foster.

Deep Meditation... by Sthe 55
Deep Meditation…, a photo by Sthe 55 on Flickr.

That’s what I want.  To fill my mind with God.  With His love, His grace, the beauty of His creation.  Then I can move forward with my life and my service.

Blue Luna – Text

The final foreground element is the text.  Her amazing, brave choice is

Always Victory!

Blue-Luna-Text-Context by Carmen CS
Blue-Luna-Text-Context, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, grant her strength and faith to continue to strive for victory in You.

Blue Luna – Tree

Unlike the other elements, I need to substantially change the tree.  I need a branch for the moth and the cocoon to cling to.  The challenge is to make the branches I introduce work visually as part of the tree the photo shows.  The branches should be similar, but not identical.

Blue-Luna-Tree-Context by Carmen CS
Blue-Luna-Tree-Context, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, grant her support in her journey towards the light.