Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Art of Devotion

Now that we have Fright Night out of the way, we can move on to PaschalFest, which starts every year on dia de los muertos, runs through to my birthday on November 6th, and on through to the following weekend, if my birthday happens to fall on a work(gack!)day, as it does this year.

In addition to my beloved muertos, this year's Fest starts on a wonderfully auspicious note with an art opening at Fishead Design Studio and Microgallery for mi esposa Tina Karagulian's two-woman show with friend Jane Appleby. The show is entitled Release and Receive: Portals of Transcendence; Tina's work can be previewed here.

Tina is every bit the Mary devotee that I am. Here is a prayer she recently wrote:

Exalted Mother in All Forms,
Enter and explode my heart,
Guide me in right action,
That I may be your eyes,
That I may hear with your ears,
That my soul may rest upon you and love with commanding presence,
Within every thought,
Within every action,
Knowing, without doubt,
That you are my Divine Mother;
You protect me as a Warrior
Walks without fear into darkness,
You nurture my soul’s stirrings, and
You adore me with a love that
Surpasses human understanding.
I fully claim you,
and I am forever yours.

Blessings to all and peace.

(Above image: "Eye" by Tina Karagulian)



Blogger San said...

Happy PaschalFest! And thank you for the links to Fishead and Tina's art. Some of the paintings remind me of cosmic fingerprints. Mary's? "Fire" is beautifully accomplished. And Tina's prayer to Mary is powerful.

Would that we all had our hearts exploded in this way, until our eyes and ears see and hear for Mary. Come to think of it, that must be why I admire "Fire" so. It looks like an exploding heart.

Much success to Tina with her exhibition. And may PaschalFest explode with joy--cheers!

2:57 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

San: Thanks for all the good wishes. We've lived for a while with "Fire." It always reminded me of some of J. M. W. Turner's atmospherics, and what exploding heart wouldn't be afire? Nice call.

Blessings your way. You and Bennie and all the wandering visitors.

3:47 PM  
Blogger anno said...

The paintings (and collages? collections?) are staggering, and staggeringly beautiful.

San has said it perfectly: Would that we all had our hearts exploded in this way, until our eyes and ears see and hear for Mary. Thanks so much for posting these links.

Wishing you a wonderful PaschalFest and a happy birthday, too!

3:54 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

anno: Great to have you join in the Fest. Nice to have started the conversations, too.

Here's to all our exploding hearts.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Tammie Lee said...

Mary (Merry) PaschalFest!
Sounds like a wonderful beginning of your celebration. My father took a month to celebrate his day, since it fell on his mother's b-day as well.
May you have a wonderful week!!!

Tina's art is so full of life and spirit, lovely and inspiring! So fun to learn more of your family life.

and; the poem overflowing with love.
Thank you for sharing.
Glad you enjoy the card.

12:21 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Tammie: Thank you for your words and good wishes. Have a great week.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Devil Mood said...

Let the games begin!

Hope this Paschal week, that has nothing to do with Easter strangely, is the best yet.

Great to see your wife's work :)

4:11 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

DM: The games have begun, and I'm with you for a strangely different paschal week.

5:41 PM  
Blogger anno said...

It's been a week of transformation... a good week for a birthday. I hope your day brings many blessings and all manner of pleasant extravagances. Cheers!

8:06 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Anno: It certainly has been that. Back in 1989, on my cousin's November 9th birthday, the Berlin Wall came down. I was lamenting that all I continued to get was Gidget's birthday coinciding with mine.

Crazy little aside: no surprise, our Instituto does the pledge every morning: I've never been a "ritual" patriot, but I find myself saying it and meaning it this week, as in, the words actually have a resonance, as opposed to feeling like a litany of shameful hypocrisy.

I know this is no slam dunk presidency coming up, but I also feel kindled to care again and watch carefully, in support and in watchful awareness.

Thank you for your good words and conversations (more of this fall's blessings). You know, of course, turning 50 entitles you to at least a month-long fest. Party on.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Tammie Lee said...

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Wishing you a glorious day!

1:26 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Tammie: Thank you for your good wishes and thank you for your friendship - and thank you for your eyes for all of us out here.

6:38 PM  

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