From The Gondolian Book of Hours
Black ink and art marker on bristol
"The book of hours was developed for lay people who wished to incorporate elements of monasticism into their devotional life." —Wikipedia
The spiritual practice often begins with creating a sacred space. This can be internal (quieting the mind/set), external (preparing the environment/setting), or some combination of both. Icons are useful tools in this preparation. Historical books of hours often included images from the Christian iconography—scenes from the life of the Blessed Virgin being especially popular. Those created for wealthy patrons would often have personalized content such as family portraits or heraldry, or even something as mundane (and flattering to the patron, no doubt) as a depiction of peasants working the fields.
I feel that these images served the specific purpose of reaffirming the viewer's place in the world and under heaven. It helped to draw their minds into a place of comfort, whereby thoughts could be turned to contemplation of the inner world.
Eventide expresses this place of comfort, the birthplace of creative meditation. It is a safe space that is wholly ours, a temple to ourselves where we need do nothing more than dream.
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