“The Orthodox Christian experience is infused with beauty. God calls to us through the presence of beautiful things—from the elegant chalice that houses Christ’s very body to the icons of beloved saints hanging in our homes. Beautiful Things is a 64-page coloring and activity book for our littlest believers. As they color the Good Shepherd or the Jesus Prayer, they are cultivating their own sensibility to beauty while learning to recognize some of the meaningful symbols, elements, and motifs of the Church.”

This project was a challenge for me- and like all challenges, the reward is growth. I typically work with a lot of color and many layers of materials, so stripping an image down to its inky skeleton was quite a stretch for me. The simplicity is actually the most difficult thing to achieve, because this is not just a bottom layer sketch, but the finished product, it needs to be sturdy, durable, controlled and flawless to an extent.

I am so grateful to Jane G. Meyer and Matt Dorning for their wise guidance, sharp eye and articulate encouragement to make this special coloring book come together.

It is my hope that it will be enjoyed by children of all ages (1-101!), and that you may find in it a quiet moment to simply color and listen to the whispering of crayon on paper, or perhaps a shared moment, side by side, whispering about beautiful things.

You can find your copy here:

http://store.ancientfaith.com/beautiful-things-an-orthodox-coloring-book-for-children/

 

 

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Thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to work once again with Jane G. Meyer and the team at Ancient Faith Publishing.

Our new book is coming out any day now!

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Take a peek here, at the Ancient Faith Store, and here, a sample of the book on YouTube.

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  This mobile is perfect for the visual development of babies (birth to 4 months), and will continue to delight children of all ages with its beauty. Each coloured piece of sturdy watercolour paper is backed by its complementary hue. The mobile is stitched together with thread. At the top a small silver ring provides an easy attachment (via fishing line or thread) to suspend the mobile at the desired height (beyond the child’s reach). The mobile moves peacefully with the slightest airflow, catching the child’s attention and providing an early introduction to the colour spectrum.

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Thank you to little Florence Marily for being my model. We change her mobile every two weeks and she told me to tell you that this one has been her favourite!

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At first I thought that I was looking at some new Amy Cutler illustrations…

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Kristin Bjornerud’s watercolour and gouache paintings similarly explore contemporary political themes, ecological motifs, and personal narratives through a feminine lens of folktales, dreams, and magical realism. Ms. Bjornerud describes her delicately painted tableaus as a world “wherein dream logic pervades, where women swim with narwhals and vivify hand-knit fauna. These eccentric landscapes are uncanny projections of a possible world where familiar activities are imbued with a mythic quality while, at the same time extraordinary deeds are carried out with unruffled poise by proud, unconventional heroines.”

 

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This style of art is very poetic to me. These images, like poetry allow one to see invisible threads that connect things, in introspective ways and occasionally with a bit of clever humour.

 

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In the vein of Cutler, Bjornerud’s illustrations born on an expanse of white, create contemporary surrealist fairy tales that “act as a medium through which we may consider our ethical obligations to the natural world and to each other”. Bjornerud finds that “retelling and reshaping stories helps us to understand how we are entangled, where we meet, and how our differences may be viewed as disguises of our sameness.”

 

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Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Kristin Bjornerud earned her MFA at the University of Saskatchewan (2005), her BFA from the University of Lethbridge (2002), and is the recipient of several grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Her work is included in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Citibank Canada. She currently lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario.

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