Category Archives: Prayer & Meditation

365, Day 187: Touched by Fire

This was painted on one of those November mornings when the sunrise in the frosty morning lit the landscape with fire. (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 186: Spiral Dance

This was one of those days when a word suggested itself as I painted and the image that resulted totally disappointed me. But it’s also just one of those days when I was reminded that this was about showing up. … Continue reading

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365, Day 95: On Edge

This piece has the feel of looking at a slice of agate or of a geode. The guiding energy this morning was the rich green-blues. The trees that appeared in this landscape are not my usual evergreen trees. Someone has … Continue reading

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365, Day 83: Bridges and Boundaries

This image came into my mind this morning along with a number of attendant phrases. Bridge Over Troubled Water. A Bridge Too Far. Building the Bridge as You Walk On It. I don’t know what it means. Bridges span things, … Continue reading

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365, Day 82: Swinging on a Star

Every now and then, God’s playful side comes out and she reminds me that spiritual practice does not necessarily equate with heavy, boring or serious. This was one such day. Painting in a friend’s kitchen, late, pushing my deadline, not … Continue reading

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365, Day 81: Five Minute Rule

Some days, this practice seems to happen of its own accord. Other days, it’s like pulling teeth. Today, the image came together in five minutes. The tree, the birds, and the blues in my palette are recurring themes. I’m sure … Continue reading

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365, Day 79: Phoenix Rising

Out of the ashes of Burning Days come new beginnings….

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365, Day 75: Blue Moon

I sat with friends on Art Hill Friday evening, the St. Louis Art Museum behind us, the Grand Basin below us, watching the “blue moon” rise through the trees of Forest Park. It was a lovely evening with gentle breezes … Continue reading

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365, Day 74: New Horizons

It is a time of new horizons for me. I suppose this is always the case, really. New horizons can be exciting and filled with anticipation. They can also be unsettling and slightly (or not so slightly) terrifying. The horizon … Continue reading

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365, Day 69: Far Distant Shore

Sometimes I feel as much of a follow as a lead in this artistic dance of creativity. I sit down with a paintbrush in my hand and before I know it, the painting is leading me off in a direction … Continue reading

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