Wednesday, 31 March 2021

The Empty Tomb


The Empty Tomb
linocut Easter card by Teresa Newham

So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple,
the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them,
"They have taken the Lord out of the tomb ,
and we do not know where they have laid him." 
Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first;
and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there,
but he did not go in. 
John 20 : 2 - 5

As Easter approaches, I find myself musing on the rollercoaster of emotions the experience of Christ's Passion, death and resurrection must have had on His disciples and followers.  They have seen Him arrested, beaten and scourged, and crucified; Peter has three times denied that he ever knew Him.  Mary Magdalene and John (the disciple who Jesus loved) have stood at the foot of the cross as He died, and Mary has just discovered that His body is no longer in the tomb where it was laid to rest.

Sometimes we wonder why the disciples didn't understand instantly that Jesus had risen from the dead; after all, He had been trying to tell them that this would happen for some time.  But this is something completely new to them, and its full meaning is just beginning to dawn on the disciples as the sun rises on the empty tomb.

This Easter, unlike last year, many of us are able to attend Mass in person and meet up with friends and family, albeit with restrictions. Whatever your current circumstances, I hope and pray that all of us, too, are beginning to experience a new dawn.

Wishing you and yours every blessing at Easter.

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Driven to distraction


sorting out ideas for future projects
© Teresa Newham

Lent is supposed to be a time of quiet reflection, but with my teacher husband working from home and the impending easing of lockdown, the last few weeks have been unsettling.  Luckily I've found time to fit in some art, as well as contemplation, to help me to cope with my anxiety.

working up an initial design
© Teresa Newham

One thing I've been doing is to decide which piece or pieces to work on next, and in which medium.  I'm not short of inspiration - I have enough ideas to keep me going for a couple of years - but there are some subjects which I'm not yet skillful enough to render in Japanese Woodblock, for example, so I'm trying to be realistic.

cutting lino has proved an excellent distraction . . .
© Teresa Newham

Lent is also the perfect time for designing and printing an Easter card. This year I've deliberately made it more complicated than usual by introducing a second layer and followed Laura Boswell's guide to adapting her registration device to make small prints.  I don't want to spoil the surprise so I'm not revealing the result yet . . .

. . . as has printing it
© Teresa Newham

Finally, I'm taking part in the Herts Visual Arts Big Maker's Fair, which is running throughout March with the theme 'Objects of Desire'.  Around seventy Hertfordshire artists are showing work in the exhibition - I've had fun choosing three Spring-themed pieces as my contribution - and a variety of live events are planned for the weekend of 19th - 21st. Why not check them out?

the exhibits I chose for the Big Makers Fair 
© Teresa Newham