Monthly Archives: June 2017

136. Lines (Light 9)

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The lines that are created by the absence of light, by shadow, are crucial to our lives. Boundaries, like this fence, and each delineation of panel, keep us sane. We need to have things broken up, cordoned off, edged, else we would just be lost in a sea of vastness, as we are when we look at the sky or the ocean. It is not something we are built to comprehend, this eternity, even though it is the entirety we are created to grow into, serving as we do, an infinite God. In this earthly life, we have need of our caves and our borders, our separateness. Once we begin to understand that we are all one, then we can let go of them a little at a time, like easing out rope.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

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135. Haloes (Light 8)

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Light around a shape, whether (and weather) it is a cloud or a head, is described as a halo. We might think of it as an aura, or a kind of glow, that we often ascribe to coming from within, a measure of saintliness.  When used in art to show holiness, it is often depicted around the whole person of Jesus as an “aureole” or “glory,” whilst lesser saints only have holy heads.

I would not like to know how much light I give off, I think that I would only start to measure it, as human beings tend to do, wondering if I have more Watts than the rest of the pew… as usual I would be thinking of things back to front, for however much our light shines, it is all the grace of God, given, not earned.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

 

134. Silhouette (Light 7)

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Silhouettes are a way of using the contrast between light and its absence to make us focus more on the dark, and use the light as a background. This is odd, when you think about it, it rather goes against the grain of our conditioned thinking, the same as when artists use negative space. I personally love the work of Lotte Reiniger and Jan Pienkowski, who are masters of the silhouette, used for storytelling, and am hoping to use the same concept in some of my art and illustration.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017