Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Clergy of Grief

The Clergy of Grief

Though at times she felt the weight of their pain on her soul, she believed her heart was filled with enough love to give to them. Even if at times the love she professed fell on deaf ears she would still sing gracefully.

Prompt: It falls to noble characters of page and cloth to wipe away furrowed discontent. and grant heart to those broken or breaking by circumstance.

Acrylic and Marker

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Clergy costume

Clergy costume

Hoody: Different colors, marking either a special “order” (children care, attention to illness, preparation for death) ot jerarchy, not sure which one is better.

Tunic: Desert like all cover tunic, white as a show of purity, also a matter of discipline and hard work, it’s hard to keep the clothes white.

belt: stone carved belt, a better show of jerarchy or time service, each carved sign marks a time or important event.

Front panel: Declaration of purpose, vows. Each one made vows to the clerical order or to community, such vows go carved in a leather panel attached to the tunic.

barefoot = sacrifice, humillity.

white eyes= lack of prejudism, no trial.

Miserere (Clergy Prompt)

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Prompt for this ink “HERE”

I woke up this morning with this scene on my mind.  Leny’s prompt triggered a childhood memory, a poem/chant repeted unrelentlestly by the choir, a hundred high pitched voices at the school gym, singing … “miserere mei deus” … nothing like a catholic environment to fill a kids heart with gore lol

Et occulta sapientiae tuae manifestasti mihi
Asparges me hysopo et mundabor
Lavabis me et super nivem dealbabor
Auditui meo dabis gaudium
Et laetitiam exultabunt ossa humiliata
Averte faciem tuam a peccatis meis
Et omnes iniquitates meas dele
(Excerpt) Miserere by Gregorio Allegri.
And you teach me wisdom in the hidden places
Purify me with hyssop and I will be clean
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow
Let me hear your joy and gladness
And my humble bones will rejoice
Turn your face away from my sins
And erase all of my iniquities
(Excerpt) Miserere by Gregorio Allegri.
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clergy of grief (prompt)

this is a more abstract prompt where i describe the character of a class/archetype of people rather than specific emblazoned characteristics which must be there for association. there may be later some standardization of outfits based on stuff you share.

from loss of a loved one, to losing a game, or failing a test/ambition, one of the hardest things to deal with is loss.

because of this the strength of a community isn’t it’s technological prowess, but how reliably knit the circle is and how much all the members passively benefit from one another’s labour.

so it falls to noble characters of page and cloth to wipe away furrowed discontent. and grant heart to those broken or breaking by circumstance.

a Grief clergy man or woman follows an archetype similar to catholic decons  granting absolution of strife or trial lost (but not ‘guilt’). they imbue within their audience with personhood and esteem; granting solace and peace and security.

unlike classical clergy, the world is their temple, and anxiety is their satan/opposition. they are speakers of sooth, and often prefer to wander to repay kindness with kindness.

they present themselves as sound boards to wail and rant away frustration, but only seek to absolve and resolve past without social repercussion. in doing so, they knit the community beyond the limits of normal social relationships granting deeper and richer narratives to occur beyond the reach of tired political drama.

their public advocacy is the communal backlash against disaster and travesty. public expressions mostly with purpose of moral and ethical dilemmas which cause loss of ‘life’.

they operate often through denominations and often you will hear one remarking ‘one is cleansed by guilt, and finds release through grief, and acceptance’ before someone whose life has taken a turn for the worst, however irrelevant the community as a whole may find it to be.

you will see their belief system of ‘pathos’ (ie sympathy, empathy, compassion) expressed through tone and language. placing the hardship of loss before the common romantic heroism of struggle. they will stay behind to share words with someone left alone.

they are figures of light in times of darkness, through the recognition and adulation of plight, as well as the humanity and value of perception of the other person. they seek not to conquer belief, nor selfishly express better ways. but to give living release from pain of loss and failure.

they are the reasons people think things will be okay. and are considered of best character due to intense orientation towards the values of others. which makes most welcome them into their home, allowing near forsaking of worldly possessions. making them both the tangibly least fortunate. but the most wealthy in esteem.

Moon Escape

Moon Escape

The Mayan Moon Goddess played an important part in Classic Period hieroglyphic inscriptions. Her head was used to denote the numeral one and also as a prefix to the names of Maya noble women, which served to differentiate their names from those of male Maya nobles. The Mayan Moon Goddess is believed by many modern-day Maya to be a feisty woman. It is believed that in the distant past she often quarreled with her husband, the Sun, who became so angry with his wife that he poked out one of her eyes, that is why she is dimmer than her celestial spouse to this day.

Leny’s prompt : ‘father’ sun: long haired guy. solar rays are strands of hair

single-woman moon: short haired girl, with a light side and a darkside. the light side is still caused by the sun, but the light doesn’t really help her. she brings more diversity and nurturing styles to life through effect on the tide

(this part is added by leny, but with request by nadia)

in the new mythos, the moon represents the role of the non-mother; both naturally childless or due to maturation of children. she is archetypical of how women as a base are and deal allot with her as the every-woman. her darkside, like the ‘new’ moon, represents how shadows can come upon a people through the women; the cloud character is similar for men. reassuring roles and place in society, while also granting metaphorical lore to reason within and to talk about subject matters like ‘darkness’ without having to talk on a personally identified level.

in the earlier picture, the moon is trying to turn away from the sun, returning to her darkside. which she is cyclically subject to. and it on a greater level is a flirtatious and lovely chase expression; a bit lighter in spirit than Nadia’s comment of Maya fore-culture.

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Single Woman Moon:

Single Woman Moon:

single-woman moon: short haired girl, with a light side and a darkside. the light side is still caused by the sun, but the light doesn’t really help her. she brings more diversity and nurturing styles to life through effect on the tide.

I am really enjoying working on this prompt. There are so many things that I would love to write about this and the last one I drew.

Deities

Deities

‘father’ sun: long haired guy. solar rays are strands of hair

single-woman moon: short haired girl, with a light side and a darkside. the light side is still caused by the sun, but the light doesn’t really help her. she brings more diversity and nurturing styles to life through effect on the tide

mother earth: classic mother earth, but in the process of giving birth to life, she is impregnated by sun rather than clouds.

father heaven. cloud guy who toils around the world, sweating and physically nurturing the living offspring

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Mother Earth

Mother Earth

Prompt: mother earth: classic mother earth, but in the process of giving birth to life, she is impregnated by sun rather than clouds.

Lady Deco Moon

Lady Deco Moon

Prompt:

single-woman moon: short haired girl, with a light side and a darkside. the light side is still caused by the sun, but the light doesn’t really help her. she brings more diversity and nurturing styles to life through effect on the tide

Tech: freehand ink/paintbrush
digital: red paintbrush and hardlight