Sunday, 23 December 2012

Holiday Blessings

To all my blogging friends, followers and visitors, - I wish you all the most wonderful, peaceful and blessed holiday season!! You all mean the world to me, I love this blogging community!

Christmas Thoughts:
If we endeavor to celebrate Christmas in a true way
There should be within us a Shepherd and a King. 

A Shepherd who can listen out for what
Others cannot hear, who with all his powers of Devotion
Lives immediately under the starry heavens;
To whom the Angels are happy
To reveal themselves.

A King, who knows how to give,
Who does not allow himself to be
Guided by anything other than the
Star in the Heights: who sets out
To place all his gifts before the crib.

But beside the Shepherd and the King,
There must also be a child within us
Who now wishes to be born!

(This is an original piece created with soft chalk board chalks and pastels on white paper: Draw 3 layers of white chalk all over the paper first and then draw your picture with soft pastels (not Pan Pastels!) A bit of  toilet tissue helps to blend it all together and some cotton buts will lift colour if things have gone wrong. A very forgiving technique!)


butterfly said...

A perfect combination of words and pictures... the pastels are stunning in intensity and depth - both of colour and meaning. It's wonderful, as is that meditation on Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing both, and for all the inspiration you offer all the time! Happy Christmas (again)!
Alison xx

Heather Jacob said...

stunning and oh so beautiful xox

Maryann said...

Absolutely gorgeous creation here again Astrid and so beautiful words as well.
I hope, you´ll have a wonderful Christmas wand a HAppy New Year with your family and friends around. And I´ll be looking forward to see a lot more wonderful inspiration from you in the new year again.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Very beautiful. Happy Christmas to you and your family

Martina2801 said...

Dear Astrid,
thank you so much for your lovely greetings.
I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas and a few nice days!
I look forward to more of your beautiful creations in 2013!

Rosie said...

So very beautiful painted.

Merry Christmas for you and yours

Sarah said...

You work is so beautiful no matter which medium you choose.
Wishing you much love and joy and a Merry Christmas.

Paper Profusion said...

Beautiful post and artwork. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours (especially to your Grand-daughter on her first Christmas). Wishing you a healthy and happy 2013. Nicola x

Chris said...

Beautiful artwork, Astrid.

Thank you for sharing all that you do.

Wishing you and your family a happy Christmas and best wishes for 2013.

annemarks said...

Beautiful words and picture, wishing you a very happy christmas :)

Erika said...

A merry Christmas and the best wishes for health, happiness and peace for now and in the New Year.Wishing you the spezial joy that only Christmas brings. May every joy and blessing be yours in this Christmas Days! Erika

Meggymay said...

A stunning project with wonderful words.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas and a healthy , peaceful New Year.
Yvonne x

Debbie Brackett said...

Beautiful composition! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Anita Houston said...

WOW!!! This is amazing!!! I can feel the power and warmth and have goosebumps!!! Pinning this! I wish you the merriest Christmas ever!!!

Ephemera said...

Hi Astrid this is stunning, so atmospheric with the shining light on the nativity scene, really powerful. Have a fantastic Christmas, thanks for your generosity,inspiration and support over this last year. xx

Bärbel said...

Liebe Astrid,
ein wundervolles Weihnachtsfest für Sie und Ihre Familie.
Alles Liebe, Bärbel

Barb said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Ü

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful!! Merry Christmas to you

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid,
Thankyou for this beautiful and heartfelt greeting, -your drawing is so beautiful, with the meaning behind, and stunning colours.
Thankyou also for alwayes sharing -,your generosity is fantastic!
I am so glad we can meet and chat here, and send you love and hugs,

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