Group Gesture

Geese by the River, by Jacqueline Perry. A print made by drawing with a stick on a styrofoam sheet, inking the sheet and printing the image on paper.

For a short time today, I drew by the river. On the riverbank, about one hundred Canada Geese forged for food in the grass. The geese made poor models, moving every few seconds. It was cold, too.

Each time a small flock came in for a landing on the water, every goose on the shore would stop grazing to stand at attention, as if watching the Color Guard from the VFW present the colors.

The gesture was meaningful and memorable.

About tobeamazed

My name is Jacqueline Perry. I am an artist and a pastor serving a congregation in the Midwest. In addition to my usual duties I lead art workshops as a way to explore lives of faith. Before I was ordained, I received an M.F.A in Painting from Boston University. I have been an art teacher and exhibited work over the years. Living on the Great Plains has awakened my love for nature. I am amazed by nature, art and people.
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2 Responses to Group Gesture

  1. Heidi Hulme says:

    What a wonderful metaphor! I can’t wait to share it with Jarrod, and then go to watch it happen. I love this picture. At first, it was difficult to see what the drawing was of, and so I read the description. Then I looked again, and saw it. It was like that puzzle that you have to look for the word JESUS in. Now, I see it even more clearly than if I had known what it was before reading. It’s beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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