The artist formerly and currently known as Amanda Jolman graciously offered to contribute some sketches to my book. I am thankful for that, I really am. The giveaway this week and next, that's weeks 4 & 5 for those of you math-types, is a print of one of Amanda's sketches. She found a native Frenchman who retired into the printing business and he's willing to print them on watercolor paper and such a thing would be suitable for framing for yourself or talk about a unique gift for that special someone...my, my.
This week's sketch is Mary's feet. In the book, it accompanies my reflections on Gabriel's announcement to the young girl born to be queen. I envisioned Mary sitting on some bedding with her knees pulled up to her chest and Amanda drew the feet to complete the picture.
We each bring our own insights to art and here are mine in relation to this beautiful sketch. I haven't run these by Amanda; they are my own cockeyed lookings. I see two feet (John, you're brilliant)...no, hold on just a moment. I see two different feet. Look at them. The one on the left is childlike, that of a little girl. Just look at it. The other foot, the one on the right, is older, it's been walked on awhile. Amanda's sketch splendidly captures the two-footed life of the one named Mary. On the one foot, she was a young girl, most likely a tweener. I believe in many ways Mary grew up alongside her son. On the other foot, Mary suddenly had to take steps far beyond her years; she aged all at once - girl, you're a woman now. In addition to the obvious physical weight she carried, she also bore an old man's words deep within, in the place of pondering: This child will rend your heart. Mary - the two-footed mother of God...my, my.
How do I enter these next two weeks, John? Mercy, I'm glad you asked. Would you be willing to help me spread the word about this book? If you have a blog, would you link here? If you are all a-twitter, would you whatever-tweet-people-do here? If you're on Facebook, would you mind pointing the faces of friends in this direction? All I can do is ask, but sometimes you have not because you ask not...so I ask. There's a short selling window on a Christmas book, so I've got to carpay dayuhm. As to leaving a comment, just say hi or something.
I'll reveal the other print next Monday; it's another favorite of mine. Plus, I'll introduce you to Amanda via a brief Q&A. I think you'll like her.