A Little Flower from St. Teresa

Teresa Because the Soul by KPB Stevens

Florilegium, or “little flowers,” were small sayings from scripture or from saints and mystics that were illuminated and placed in Medieval prayer books. I drew this image in my sketchbook (and drawing for me is a form of prayer) using India ink. I don’t pencil things in first, I just try to cooperate with the ink and the paper and accept whatever comes out. Lately I’ve been using chalk pastels to add the color, in part because many of my favorite Odilon Redon’s pieces are pastels. The quote is from the Interior Castle, of course. I love Teresa’s idea that the mysteries of God are echoed in the human soul.

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