Stopping by to visit one of my favorite websites today—as I lingered and reacquainted myself with the art of Jodie Marie Anne Richardson Traugott aka jm-ART, I am once again pulled into a world of colors and interesting subjects. The above image is one she is featuring in her home garden/art show tour this summer. Jodie says “I love the colors in it and for me color is everything!” and I have to agree.
Her art speaks to me in some unknown way and I allow myself to explore for a while. My heart begins to resonate in time with Jodie’s creativity. I remember this…and so I pour myself a mug of coffee and settle in to spend time with a kindred spirit.
Like so many things this year, we have lost a part of what we thought we meant to the world. For many, we look down and see the pieces of our lives are scattered around our feet. We have learned a lot but how all these changes we have made fit together are still unknown to us. Some of us are still deciding if we even want them to fit together anymore.
Seeing the beauty of jim-ART, I begin to heal and I become re-inspired as I see that my friend Jodie has been busy working in her studio during this time. She has taken the noise of our world and fitted the pieces together in all kinds of new and unusual patterns. These images are telling me- Life can be beautiful in new, unexplored and surprising ways.
Jodie Traugott and I met online several years ago when I was looking for an art piece to use in a devotional book I was writing on the life of Christ. My writing style, or devotional method, is to use a mixture of visual arts and classical music to guide the reader into a time of prayer where their mind is fully engaging their senses. To imagine the sound of the voice of Jesus or to resonate with the feelings of those who stood before the empty tomb…this was and still is my goal. The centerpiece of the book is an extended meditation on the Seven Last Words of Christ as they were explored by composers over several centuries of classical music.
I was drawn to Jodie’s Crucifixion image because it looked to me like the Cross of Jesus was reaching through several time dimensions with its multifaceted colors and angles. This image fit perfectly with the idea of voices in different time periods joining forces to express different perspectives at the foot of the cross.
I love how Jodie is drawn to a subject before she completely understands why—She doesn’t have to have everything all worked out in advance. It becomes a journey for her and because of this, she is free to explore… to invent… to play… For me her work simply sings with the abundance of new life.
Yes, this has been a very challenging year and there surely will be more changes and adjustments to come. Spending time here today has reminded me that I will need beauty around me to embrace the future with courage and grace.
God bless you on your journey:)