Friday, March 1st, 2013, is the World Day of Prayer, with this year’s service created by Christian women in France. Stratoz brought this poster home from his church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Lansdale, and the orange caught my eye. The art is by Anne-Lise Hammann Jeannot, a painter from France. She eloquently describes her vision of the 2013 theme “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,”
Since my work borders on abstraction, I have attempted in this painting, to translate the idea of a stranger by a silhouette painted only with grays, deliberately separate from the other colors because of the fact that, in essence, it is different. Playing with lines and lighter colors – nearing on white, I have attempted to represent light, to include the character in this light that comes from above, from the sky, travelling through space to encompass the stranger. Equally the light shines forth from the group, symbolized by shapes or stones in the lower part of the painting. A circle is created and it welcomes the character. I wanted the entire scene to be bathed in a warm and colorful atmosphere, and so I used colors to demonstrate the festive nature, the impact of the encounter, the openness to others.
Every year the program is created by women in a different country, and women’s groups bring some of that country into their services around the world. The Chef, my friend at Good Food Happy Man, contributed some recipes, and we will be making some “strong cheese” and procuring baguettes at Alice Bakery for part of the refreshments. The prayer focus this year is immigrant women, and how to embody the welcoming spirit.
More orange at my Orange Tuesdays Pinterest Board.