Credo in Unum Deum

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Wendy Brydge - Armageddon - 2012

I believe in one God, His name is Jesus. Father TRUTH, Spirit LOVE, Son the FORM of God. Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”

I just celebrated my 30th birthday this past week, so today’s post is my own favourite scripture verses and paintings.

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I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.

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The Cherished Scarab

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Mr. Jules Gravel, my Grade 9 art teacher, is a man who changed my life completely with some much needed advice. “You’re an excellent artist, Wendy, but exaggerate your shading. Darker darks. Lighter lights. Exaggerate them. And try blending a little more.”

I was 14 and thought pretty highly of myself. I didn’t appreciate his “advice”, so for my next set of sketches, I exaggerated all right. BLACK darks, WHITE lights. All blended to smooth perfection with my finger. I did it to teach him a lesson.

Ha, what happened is that HE taught ME a lesson. The most important art-related lesson I’ve ever learned. Continue reading

A Tail of Some Squirrelly Visitors

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On May 31st, I had a little visitor.

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Anyone who knows me personally is aware that I’m sort of the proverbial squirrel lady. I feed them, I talk to them, I adore them. Some people think that squirrels are nothing more than rats in cuter outfits, but I reject that assessment. They’re intelligent, adorable and each one has his or her own distinct personality. If there are no squirrels in heaven, then I don’t think I want to go. Continue reading

In Times of Adversity, Persevere

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Carlo Maratta, The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 17th century

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Continue reading

Vintage Telephone Books: “How May I Direct Your Call?”

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A few weeks ago, the local Homesteaders Museum was having a yard sale fundraiser. I haven’t been to any sort of yard sale in 10 years, but this one seemed to be buzzing (by small-town standards anyway) and everyone was leaving with something. So I convinced my dad that we should stop.

It was typical as far as fundraiser yard sales go. Lots of glassware and old VHS tapes, some homemade crafts, etc. Nothing special. But on my way out, I spied something more my speed on the counter by the door. A box of old local telephone books.

I don’t collect old telephone books. In fact, I don’t collect “old books” in general. But much like that delightful vintage “How to Manage Housework in Canada” booklet that I featured in last year’s post “To Clean, or Not to Clean“, if it’s vintage and has SOME sort of personal connection? It’s going into my collection.

Not surprisingly, the phone books were not donations for the yard sale. They were “extras” from the museum’s collection. Everything at the sale was pay-as-you-please, but the phone books were a firm $1 each.

There were only ten or so to choose from, and a few were not quite vintage enough (1970s) for me. But then I spied one from June of 1945, and one from July, 1952.

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Beautifully Baroque: The Art of Peter Paul Rubens

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Peter Paul Rubens

When Peter Paul Rubens died on May 30th, 1640, the world mourned one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Deemed the “prince of painters and painter of princes” by one of this contemporaries, Rubens, like Leonardo and Michelangelo, was an artist who saw great success in his own lifetime.

His warm, voluptuous style was coveted by many royal patrons. On behalf of Spain, he was appointed court painter to Archduke Albert and Infanta Isabella in 1609, and continued in Isabella’s service after Albert’s death (1621), contributing not only his talent as a painter, but also his skills in diplomacy.

While he ultimately failed in his mission to broker peace between Flanders and the Dutch Republic to the north, Rubens did help to end hostilities between Spain and England, and was knighted by both King Charles I of England and King Philip IV of Spain. The artist earned the respect and patronage of each king, and completed some truly spectacular commissions for them, including nine canvases which adorned the ceiling of Charles I’s Banqueting House in London.

Peter Paul Rubens Banqueting House Ceiling

If I were ranking my favourite artists, Peter Paul Rubens most definitely secures a spot in my top 5. This Flemish Baroque painter, born June 28, 1577, was incredibly versatile in his subject matter. His vast portfolio includes Counter-Reformation altarpieces, landscapes and portraits, as well as religious, mythological and allegorical themes. Continue reading

For the Love of Literacy

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Last week, I received a package in the mail. It was honestly one of THE most exciting packages I’ve ever received. And this is coming from a woman who has a Mystic Seer, and who unknowingly won an Elvira replica dagger in a contest a few weeks ago. So what was in this new package that topped the delivery of a Mystic Seer and an Elvira dagger?

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PENS! No, you’re not missing something here. It’s just the pens and I could not be happier about them.

All through school, I was known for my penmanship. Even won awards for it. And despite the fact that I do a LOT of typing every single day, I’ve never lost my affection for putting pen to paper and really writing. Continue reading

A New Cycle Begins

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WP Anniversary

If WordPress hadn’t sent me that notification last night, my blog’s anniversary would have come and gone without me even realizing it.

Hard to believe it’s been four years since I started Seeker of Truth. In some ways, these past four years feel like they’ve taken forever to pass by. And in another way, they’ve breezed right by me in no time at all. Continue reading

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