Blue Luna – Blue Luna Moth

I wasn’t sure about the green colors of the moth in this overwhelming blue design.  I was afraid it might clash without being different enough to stand out.  So I tried changing the moth to blue tones.

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

Comparing this with the green moth, I decided to stick with the original.

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

Prayer: Father, I pray for balance and beauty in her journey.

Blue Luna – Luna Moth and Moon

The relationship between the moth and the moon is important in this piece.  Having designed them in isolation, I can check this relationship without the distraction of the background.

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

Prayer: Father, keep us moving towards the light, and let the light overwhelm our fear of the darkness.

Blue Luna – Luna Moth Design

Next up is the Luna Moth.  Designing it in isolation highlights for me its beauty and fragility.

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

Prayer: Father, our fragile lives shine in the darkness.  Help us to protect that light while letting it shine out to others.

Blue Luna – Moon Design in Context

I typically design each element against a blank background.  This simplifies the process, focusses my eye on the element, and makes the boundary of the element clear.

But after designing each element, it’s important to plug it in to the overall image.  This checks that the design is coming together well.

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

Prayer: Father, help her and her caregivers to focus on each element of her treatment, while keeping the larger context of her life in mind.

Blue Luna – Moon Design

The next step is to design each element at size.  I start with the foreground elements, then do the background.  So the first order of business is the moon.

The challenge is to show the brighter and darker areas we see and know, while still giving an overall impression of luminescence.

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

Prayer: Father, even as You made her a light in the darkness, let her find Your light in her troubles.

Reaching for Faith – Framed!

I decided to have “Reaching for Faith” professionally blocked and framed.  Here it is, complete!

Reaching for Faith Framed by Carmen CS
Reaching for Faith Framed, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I praise You and thank You for making us artists, in Your image.  Help me to do my art for Your glory.

Seeking the Beloved on Christmas

I’ve been meaning to write a Christmas message for the blog and not getting it done.  This morning I received this lovely gift from a dear friend and sister in Christ:

Amazon.com: Seeking the Beloved: A Prayer Journey with St. John of the Cross eBook: Wayne Simsic: Kindle Store.

Starting to read, I came across this to share with you all:

“If prayer is fundamentally an expression of love— a single-hearted reaching out to the Other in a love relationship— it is more simple than any technique or way of praying. The most important thing in prayer is the heart’s inclination in relation to God.”

Simsic, Wayne (2012-03-28). Seeking the Beloved: A Prayer Journey with St. John of the Cross (Kindle Locations 119-121). The Word Among Us Press. Kindle Edition.

Praying for the inclination of all our hearts, and wishing you a blessed Christmas!

Carmen