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.

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.