Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

. . .there was no room
5" x 7" linoleum-cut print
And she gave birth to her Son,
her Firstborn;
and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes
and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room
or place for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7 (Amplified Bible)

This year I have been researching historical and archaeological writings and images.  I am finding comfort and insight in the evidences of Scripture and faith from those who have gone before me.  I am honoring those historical artists who were the first to proclaim the birth of Christ through the works of their hands.

When I found two bas-relief sculptures documented as the first nativity scenes from 6th Century Byzantine art, I was inspired to design a linoleum-cut print after the manner of those artists' works.  I wanted a sense of history and old world look.  I simplified the image until I had just the parts that said "Jesus was born in a stable". 

I love the attentive excitement the stable animals portray as they view the Christ-child and the star announcing Jesus' birth.  As I celebrate Christmas I don't want to take for granted this exceptional Gift that was so generously given to me and that lasts for eternity.
Merry Christmas to all my friends!


  1. Merry Christmas, Phyllis! This is a wonderful image. I recognize its roots and also love how you have translated the historical image through your own contemporary and contemplative vision and gifts. Thank you!

    I'm really intrigued by what's stirring in your artwork these days and look forward to seeing what lies ahead. Thank you for your visual faithfulness--and for giving yourself time to rest (which, of course, is part of the faithfulness!).

    Blessings to you and yours this Christmas and beyond!

  2. thank you, Jan! You are such an encourager. I'm feeling deprived that I didn't make it to your book celebration in Dec. Just didn't have energy to make it. But looking forward to seeing you in the New Year!