Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Fairy in Lakeshore Woods

Scilla Fairy
 The woods nearby are carpeted with Scilla, masses of them  in sweeps of heavenly blue.  Of European origin, the little blue flowers have naturalized here and become as integral to the landscape as the native Trout Lilies and Trillium. Where there are flowers there must be fairies, hence this Scilla Fairy in Lakeshore Woods, just a short walk from home.
The first blossoms were snowed over early in April
 and the preliminary sketch showed the wintry scene, every blossom capped with snow. But that is another painting.
We've had enough snow for a while.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Twenty-fourth Day of Advent - Come to the Manger

The Adoration, The Huron Carol
"Come kneel before the radiant Boy
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy.
Jesus your King is born,
Jesus is born.
In excelsis gloria!"

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Twenty-third Day of Advent

Huron Madonna and Child, The Huron Carol

"The star stopped not far from where Jesus was born
Having found the place it said,
"Come this way"
Jesus, he is born.
(Huron Verses, The Huron Carol)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Twenty-second Day of Advent

Huron Child, The Huron Carol
Is any child in history without some sort of doll or plaything?  Huron children made dolls from corn husks, which were stuffed and padded with leaves, had limbs made from braided husk, were adorned with corn silk hair or real hair, and were clothed with more corn husks, animal hide or cloth. A traditional doll had no face, because of the legend about a beautiful corn husk person who lost her face through vanity.
"There was little formal training for children, but they learned skills from their games. Girls helped their mothers with their work. Boys were expected to be hardy, brave and self-reliant."  Sainte Marie Among the Hurons

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Twenty-first Day of Advent

Little Chapel, The Huron Carol
The little girl here is pictured with a cradle board, or baby carrier.  During the day an infant would be wrapped in furs and secured to the cradle board, which stood up on the floor of the lodge inside, or outside was carried on the mother's back or carried in front.  "Wrapped in furs, the babies were carried in cradleboards filled with soft warm down from bullrushes."

This I was pleased to read from several sources, "With their great sense of dignity, the Huron Wendat felt it was wrong to coerce or publicly humiliate anyone, especially a child.  Physical punishment was never used as a discipline." (Sainte Marie Among the Hurons)

"...and even those who were at a distance of more than two days journey met at a given place to sing hymns in honour of the new-born child.."  The Jesuit Relations, 1642

Huron Cradleboard, The Huron Carol



Twentieth Day of Advent

Huron Child, The Huron Carol

"...they built a small chapel of cedar and fir branches in honour of the manger of the infant Jesus"

Jesuit Relations, 1642

Friday, December 18, 2015

Nineteenth Day of Advent

Father Jean de Brebeuf, The Huron Carol
Author of the Huron Carol, Father Jean de Brebeuf, 1593-1649
"An apostle, a brave adventurer, a skilled writer, a careful ethnologist, a man of vision"
With his seven companions, Patron Saint of Canada