From Christmas to Advent

As I loaded my new Advent candle artwork on the website today, I realized that I have spent a year now creating worship art. It was with a lamb at Christmas last year that I started this project. It has been a really neat learning process for me. As I went through this first year, knowing I didn't have time to create art for every single week, I looked for images and symbols that could be used for more than one Sunday. By looking for recurring imagery, I began to see the beautiful pictures that God continues to draw us back to. As I moved through the year, I kept seeing that lamb. I also saw light shining in darkness, living water, bread of life, a crown, and palms. During this same year, my husband began serving as a pastor. Being able to put words and pictures together for worship services has been really neat for us. I often hear from members that having a picture in front of them helps them really see the theme of the worship service. So many people are visual learners. It has been a way for me to better learn our church year structure and share what I'm learning with others. I can't wait to see what I see in this next year.

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Do you still love a "real" book?

My next book selection for 2015 is Pretty Patterns, Surface Design by 25 Contemporary Artists by Chronicle Books.  I've begun exploring patterns in my own work over the last year so, and enjoy studying beautiful patterns created by others.  With so many patterns available to view and collect online, such as here on my Pinterest board, I'm wondering if holding the pages in my hand, away from the screen, will help me in my pattern study.  Or not, because I do need to return this inspiration to the library?  Typically, though, I do love a real book as an escape from the screen.  What about you?  Do you prefer the convenience of online resources, or do you hold a love for actual paper in hand?