Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book of Kells Now Free to View Online

As of March 2013, the Book of Kells in its entirety has been made viewable in the Trinity College Library’s new Digital Collections online repository, provided by the Library’s Digital Resources and Imaging Services.  Read more here.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Colorized Mehndi Tree Of Life by Marcia Carole

Here is the watercolor version of a pen and ink drawing by Marcia Carole, who recently returned from a trip to India.  She and friends from an English Institute in Varanasi painted a black and white mural of this same image while she was there.  You can see the mural here.

Here is Marcia's description of the tree's symbolism:

In the base or root system, I have symbols that represent creation - sun, moon, stars, fish, birds, mountains and water, Adam and Eve, the fruit(apple) is connected to 2 hearts with the symbol for Jesus in the trunk. The stars reappear as Abraham's promise, then a symbol with 12 swirls representing the 12 tribes. and life with the leaves going up the trunk. The Holy Spirit is the flame symbol in the branches, with fruit - heart leaves, flowing out of the flame. New life in Jesus produces healing from sin and death, so the flowering areas of the tree. I have the 12 disciples in there and early church.

You can read more about the watercolor version at her blog, The Creative Call.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Sacred Hoop as the Cross of Christ

This is the Aboriginal logo created for the Sudbury Catholic Schools by Hauk Toulouse, a 15 year old Anishinabek Canadian from Sagamok Anishnawbek and former student.  He aspires to be a professional artist, specializing in Graphic Art.  The Sudbury Catholic District Board, located in Ontario, strives to improve achievement among First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, and to close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

So, what does the logo symbolize, and is it representative of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students in Ontario, as well as of the school itself?  Unfortunately, no explanation of the logo is given.  I was, however, able to find some information about the circle and colors behind the cross.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Mehndi Tree Of Life by Marcia Carole

Tree Of Life, Pen and Ink, by Marcia Carole

Check out this wonderful pen and ink drawing by Marcia Carole, who is currently on a trip to India.  Marcia uses her talents to create collaged stories. She also helps others share their stories through collaged pages, story ropes & story tags.  You can read more about Marcia's ministry at her blog, The Creative Call.