The first formed virtual chapter (there are two others: Contemplative & International) 'met' last Wednesday via conference call. The chapter meets every other month and always begins with a reflection. Jim Coady (Minnesota) put together the reflection this time. As it was both a creative and a unique approach - all based on the sketch you see here - I thought it would be worthwhile to give a small sampling of the design of that reflection. The discussion that followed among the virtual chapter members was especially meaningful.
Reflection Notes (small sampling)
- To begin, first admire the drawing for what it is as a work of art. Don’t try to explain it. Admire the skill and craft of the artist. Allow the work to make a visceral impression (good, bad, or indifferent) on you at a subconscious level.
- Start to really focus on the different parts of the drawing, starting at the top of the image and working your way down. One element or aspect of the drawing at a time.
- Look at the way that both men are standing, one stooped and bent over, hand outstretched; the other, upright with his hand on the other’s back. How do you think these two men met up? What do you think is their relationship with each other?
- Look at the faces of the men. Imagine these men were not of white European ancestry, but African, Asia, or Latin American…what, if anything, would be different about their faces?
- What do the men’s eyes tell you about where they have been, what they have seen and experienced? What about their noses? And their mouths?