L.K. Ludwig (Zelienople, PA) creates art and chases her three small children around in a Victorian Foursquare in a very small town (pop. 4,023) in Western Pennsylvania. Many weekends are spent in the woods and at the river where family memories and art are made. With a strong belief in creating around what she knows—nature, parenting, love, and life—these elements seep deeply into L.K.'s artwork. Her work has been featured in a number of books and magazines and shown in various galleries. She is author of True Vision.
Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Mediaby LK Ludwig
For most of us, Christmas is a time of great joy, a warm and wonderful family celebration of the birth of our Savior. As we ponder the scene at the manger, however, I doubt many of us think about the impact that starry night had on those who were there. We don’t often recall the slaughter of the innocents in Bethlehem and their parents’ cries of agony.
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For most of us, Christmas is a time of great joy, a warm and wonderful family celebration of the birth of our Savior. As we ponder the scene at the manger, however, I doubt many of us think about the impact that starry night had on those who were there. We don’t often recall the slaughter of the innocents in Bethlehem and their parents’ cries of agony. We also probably don’t consider the dramatically changed lives of those humble shepherds who heard the angel’s good news and who heard the heavenly host singing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, toward men of good will.” How those words must have rung in their ears many years after. How that sight of the infant Messiah must have never left their imagination.
These first believers are the subject of an imaginative Christmas novel by Richard M. Barry, titled The Shepherds’ Prayer. The book tells the story of an adopted son with a mysterious connection to the Messiah, who seeks the truth about his birth thirty years later. The man, Anam, travels to Bethlehem, where contempt is apparent on the faces of the townspeople when they hear the name Jesus. Anam also meets a band of shepherds who gather at Bethlehem each year to celebrate what they witnessed upon the birth of Christ.
The Shepherds’ Prayer is a story that reminds us of two things. First, we remember that the humble will be lifted up and confound the wisdom of the wise. … Secondly, Barry’s novel reminds us of perhaps how we often react to the difficult and painful circumstances in our lives. … The shepherds who first believed in Jesus likely faced oppression and were treated as outcasts. Like them, we must maintain our faith regardless of the world’s reaction. And we must never water down the message of Christ’s birth.
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This book inspired me in so many ways, and got me thinking about all the creative people in my life who I could collaborate with. First on my list are my grandchildren who love to do art work when they come to Nana's house. Having a project that we can mail back and forth, sounds like great fun. I also have artist friends around the world and this is a unique and creative way to stay in touch artistically. Just for inspiration alone, I give it five stars.
I liked the heavy paper, the gorgeous images, and the inspiration factor most of all. The author does discuss the bennies and the hazards of collaborating, and she covers mail art, online groups, swaps, round robins, you name it. But I feel that any mixed media artist would enjoy the book, whether they work in fiber arts, altered art, the paper arts, assemblage, or collage.
Another great book from L.K. Ludwig! If you're a mixed media artist you need this one on your bookshelf, too. The artwork is fresh and not the same old stuff. And even tho I hesitated to buy at first because I wasn't planning on doing any swaps or collaborations, I'm so glad I got this, it's chalk-full of beautiful artwork and useful information.