Thank you Lucy for this
Refresh/Renew (ink and colored pencil)
I was thrilled to have the chance to make art for Saint Paul Lutheran’s theme of Refresh and Renew! I can describe what I see in the resulting image, but I invite anyone else who sees it to feel free to find a personal meaning in it. I had an art teacher, Rich Caemmerer, who said something like, “If you can describe in words the whole meaning of an image, you don’t need to make the art!”
I wanted this “logo” to show how we are refreshed and renewed right where we are, out of what we have been (our history) … The shape of the cross in the circle comes right from our own church’s stained glass altar window, as do the fire colors that begin the spiral flowing from the cross. It is to Jesus we turn for the refreshment and renewal we need… our journey starts with Jesus at the center, Jesus who died and was resurrected for us, bringing us into everlasting, abundant life… and Jesus will be with us every step of the way on our journey in faith, as a church and as people we are never alone. Those colors at the center, in our window, remind me of Pentecost and the fire of the Holy Spirit inspiring us. The colors gradually change into the Lenten color of purple, into colors of water that reach the branches growing from the cross’s frame. To me the leaves and branches symbolize the growth that comes from change, and how we are renewed in the promises of our baptism. Green is also the color of most of the Church Year, symbolizing “Ordinary Time” … The spiral does not have a particular end… My hope for our church is that we continue to stretch and grow forever. Change may be uncomfortable sometimes (I know it is for me!) but the results can be beautiful and unexpected.