As you all know, I choose the artwork that goes along with my blog posts very carefully and deliberately. In fact, sometimes it takes me longer to find the art than to write the post! It is my hope that the art I select resonates with the words you read and that your mind is filled with beauty, understanding and ideas. Above all, I want to communicate to you in both word and image that there is something mysterious, powerful and transformative happening in our lives all the time. I want to believe this myself, and art (like words) helps me believe it and, hopefully, communicate it.
Last week I discovered a treasure trove of sacred art, and I thought many of you would like to explore this treasure for yourselves. John Kohan, an international journalist by trade (over 20 years with TIME magazine) and a sacred artist by nature, has set out to gather and display – on his website – beautiful, modern, sacred art. His collection includes religious art from all over the world in a variety of media and styles.
You can visit John’s website here: The Sacred Art Pilgrim. If you click on “sacred art meditations” (at the top right of his homepage), you can select moments from the life of Christ, themes of faith, or other bible stories, and can view relevant art along with Bible readings, meditations and explanations. Or you can click on “sacred artists” and view a variety of gorgeous art collected there, along with interesting information about the artists.
John’s own first piece of sacred art was a pencil drawing of the sower and the seed that he drew at six years old (which I would like to see, but it does not yet appear on the site!). His lifelong journey through sacred art is ours to behold.