Scotland: Watercolors by Elsa Peters

Christ and Creativity

This month Elsa Peters shares her beautiful watercoIors with us. She writes this by way of introduction:

I was an art major in college. I thought that this was what God wanted me to do: paint. But something happened; I ended up in ministry. I was called into pastoral ministry where I've never been able to find a place for my art. Instead, it's something that happens when I retreat from my ministry.

Painting is what I do to connect with myself and my God. I carry a travel set of watercolors, find a spot to sit and start painting. I lose track of time. I usually get a sunburn and I remember to see again. I look carefully at creation and breathe deeply, knowing that this is good, even if I'm not happy with the outcome of my work.

These watercolors were created while retreating in Scotland in July of 2008. I traveled with two other YCW to find creativity and strength through the art of friendship.

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10 replies
  1. Elsa
    Elsa says:

    Thanks everyone. The first one is Iona. I think the third one is down by where we had tea on the island. The other two are Glasgow or Edinburgh. Not sure which is which…

  2. Teri
    Teri says:

    The fourth is Edinburgh–at the Royal Botanic Gardens (free!). I remember this day–it was so great. The second one I don’t recognize…perhaps near Glasgow University? Thanks for sharing these–I loved watching you paint them and I love seeing them again! I’m ready to go back. Anyone know where we can get a bunch of money to go to Scotland with? 🙂

  3. Father Stacy
    Father Stacy says:

    I love how you have captured Iona! I could even smell it from the rocks and the beautiful sea. Thanks for sharing these, my friend!


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