Category Archives: Visual Meditation

365, Day 84: Walking Holiday

I have never been on a walking holiday. I have never donned a pack and sturdy shoes and set off to see the countryside on foot, slow and intimate. Someday, I would like to change that. (© Karen Opp. All … 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 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 65: Rule of Life

My friend, artist Martha Kelly, will be the artist-in-residence at the Memphis Theological Seminary this year and has asked me to write up a little about this spiritual practice of daily painting so she could use it in the seminary … Continue reading

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365, Day 63: Around the Edges

Again, I’m afraid this one is so delicate it might be difficult to appreciate in this format. But it’s beautifully evocative in person. The sliver of blue sky above and the sliver of the landscape below seemed to want to … Continue reading

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365, Day 62: Clouds

“I could never be with someone who liked Joni Mitchell. ‘It’s clouds illusions I recall, I really don’t know clouds at all.’ What does that mean? Is she a pilot? Is she taking flying lessons? It’s probably a metaphor for … Continue reading

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365, Day 61: Fields of Gold

Fields of Gold. And it’s always the late Eva Cassidy’s voice I hear singing when I hear those words… (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 60: Moonlight & Mystery

I love watching the clouds sail in front of the moon. I love seeing the fog in the valleys illuminated by the moonlight. I love seeing the first, faint blush of dawn and the last kiss of evening tint the … Continue reading

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