Many of us are familiar with the practice of lectio divina, or holy reading. This practice involves reading a text many different times without searching for anything.
It commonly looks like this: finding a comfortable seat; taking a moment or two to find your focus and clear your mind (a popular way is to close your eyes and focus on your breath); pray for openness to “hear” new things in the given text; read the text several different times, pausing in between; notice (without judgment) things you may not have heard before - maybe a word, image, or detail; ask yourself if this changes the text or story, what it might say to you today, and/or why that mined nugget is important.
- What do you see? What is most striking to you about this piece?
- What parts of the image are your eyes most drawn to, and what parts did you quickly brush by?
- If you could stand in this scene, where would you stand and why?
- What emotions emerge for you when you observe this painting?
- What primary emotion would you assign to the person/subjects portrayed in the painting and why?
- Do you identify with the artist’s reflections? How does hearing the artist’s statment influence how you see the art?
- How is the imagery cohesive with the scripture?
- If you were to paint this text, what imagery, colors, and details might you include?