Sunday, April 4, 2010

My New Painting

I want to introduce you to my new painting. I acquired this a little before the Holy Week as a gift from my sister Patsy. Isn't it nice?Its theme is a quiet, restful scene somewhere in the mediterranean. Whenever I look at it, I see a faraway land that seems so peaceful, so calm.

At the same time, I remember the artist and others like him who are in a very different situation than the idyllic setting in his painting.

The artist, known by the "Melwyn" signature on the bottom righthand side of the painting is actually one of the talented inmates of the Quezon City jail. His real name is Edwin and "Melwyn" is a combination of his and his wife's names. This is one of the paintings he sold in last month's exhibit held right inside the jail.

The QC jail is something of an oddity if you picture jails with bars, hallways and guards. It has no bars and when you visit, the crowds of prisoners will surround you. A jail that has a capacity for a thousand inmates now hold 8,000. Only a privileged few who can pay have their own cells and they oftentimes sleep standing up like sardines in a can. Food is scarce. One still needed money to survive inside. Those who didn't have any outside help would sometimes go crazy. There is no privacy even for taking showers to prevent suicides.

When we visited the art exhibit, we were "toured" around by the artist inmates themselves. There are always so happy to receive visitors and we were treated like VIPs.

Many of the inmates are innocent of the crimes they are accused of but have been waiting for their day in court for many many years.

In such an inhumane and uncomfortable existence, the inmates held this event to raise funds for better facilities and for those who have not had any visitors for years, those who have been abandoned by their families.

This is actually the 3rd time they've held this event. It was such an amazing feat for them to draw images of nature, life and wholeness, when they were in a place of discouragement, despair and darkness. Still there were themes about violence, addiction and crime, quite a natural thing for them to paint about.

Notable to mention are the exquisitely made portraits of the most hardened and tough inmates made by Jopet Tecson. His rendition of their features were so poignant and riveting, I could hardly tear my eyes from them. These, from a young man who never used a paintbrush in his life!

His journey to prison is also one for the books and I believe there is something wondrous happening to his life and to the life of his family.

Do say a prayer for them, will you? A prayer will help them get through this difficult time in their lives.

If you would like to buy their paintings, do let me know. We are planning to showcase their work in a brand new website! Bless you!

Click here for more on the Prison Ministry

"Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering." - Hebrews 13:3

Easter Craft: Botanical Eggs

To spice up our Easter display, I made some blown eggs decoupaged with botanical images. I got this idea from Martha Stewart's Living magazine! They always have great ideas that are not too hard to do.I tried printing out these botanical images kindly posted by My Sweet Savannah. I used a regular printer which I found out later kind of bleeds a little so you must be careful. Then I used a cutting mat and craft knife to cut the white edges out.
Afterwards, I printed out little Easter phrases like "He has risen!" or "Alleluia!" or "Christ our Light" and then tore them out so they appear a bit jagged. I used decoupage to put these all together! Hurray I now have my Easter egg accents!
My favorite phrase nowadays is "Expect a miracle!" Add a few more together...A little more light please! Hope you enjoyed this Easter craft! Let's make some more!

Easter Joy

I wonder how it felt to be one of those who saw the empty grave? It must have been so disheartening! But then the thought of my beloved Jesus rising would be unthinkable! But remembering Lazarus, maybe not so!
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right...
~Phillips Brooks, "An Easter Carol"

To see Jesus alive again, without all the wounds and scars but the pierced hands would just be in the realms of the spirit and not in the physical world! It's just so unimagineable! That's just what He did on this day! He gave us a peak into the heavens where all our imperfections have faded away! Wholeness, fullness, healed spirits!

Celestial spirit that doth roll
The heart's sepulchral stone away,
Be this our resurrection day,
The singing Easter of the soul -
O gentle Master of the Wise,
Teach us to say: "I will arise." ~Richard Le Gallienne

Isn't it marvelous that Jesus' death has taken away our fear of the unknown? He has gone ahead for us and shown us that on the other side He will be there! He has taken away the sting of sin and death and we have overcome all of these thing with Him!
Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there. ~Clarence W. Hall

I hope you like my Easter drawings and may your season be filled with celebration and rejoicing!

Happy Easter everyone! Here is wishing you a very blessed season of joy!


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