By: Chloë Filson
In my last post, I shared images from the Baha’i prayer book that I’ve been illustrating over the past ten years or so. In this one, I’ll share some more.
Here’s a nice way to begin the day:
And here’s the complimentary Evening section:
Sometimes, simple suffices. The dots below loosely symbolize people (who are having a meeting or gathering):
The next one isn’t a great image (it’s out of focus), but you get the idea: browns and curly queues for this prayer for forgiveness:
Up next is a mish-mash of jewel tones and pink lines. The lines pattern was inspired by my sister; it’s a pattern she often uses when decorating birthday cards and other things with her own illustrations. The mish-mash, on the “Aid and Assistance” page, is meant to remind the reader that assistance and support (the brightly coloured swoops) can come to us even from out of the murky blackness of turmoil. This is one of the more dramatic sections of the book (the other pages of this section are similarly coloured), and it makes me think about the concurrence of disintegration and integration—both within one’s own life and in the world at large.
Below is the Unity section. I like what I’ve got going, but I think it needs a little more embellishment.
Did you know that there are specific prayers for Canada? ‘Abdu’l-Bahá revealed prayers for North-American countries in Tablets of the Divine Plan.
The Tablets of Visitation (which are prayers to be read when visiting the Shrines of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb) have been simply decorated with bougainvillea and rose petals from the vicinities of those Shrines. I pressed the petals dry and then used Mod Podge, in case you’re wondering.
Let’s end with a bang—or, rather, a spark. One of my favorite pages opens the Fire Tablet:
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through some of the pages of my prayer book!