Catherine L. Johnson

SPARROW #8 2010

SPARROW #8 2010
SPARROW #8 2010
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SPARROW #8 2010



SPARROW 2010
HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW, AND I KNOW HE WATCHES ME

A COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL PAINTINGS AND PRINTS


www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM_JRAPSwVM
Mahalia Jackson: His Eye Is On The Sparrow




René Marie Sings the Truth at the Dakota Jazz Club

5 September 2010
www.jazzpolice.com/content/view/9194/115/

...The second song was an act of generosity and thanks. Artist Catherine L. Johnson was in the house, and she had brought Marie a gift: a print
from her Sparrow series and a written description of what the
sparrow means to her. Marie sang the first verse to the gospel hymn "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," then read Johnson's words (which were lovely), then paused, seemed to gather herself, and segued into Mentor Williams' "Drift Away," a song that has been covered by everybody and his sister ("Give me the beat, boys, and free my soul/I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away..."). It was seamless and perfect, and
Marie transformed a soft-rock chestnut into a song of revelation and
thanks. This may have been the moment we all knew we had
stumbled onto something remarkable, one of those performances that
would stay with us for a long time.

Please note:
my work is an experience, that
needs an encounter for its truth. It is likened to viewing a photograph
of a lover in contrast to reveling in the actual presence of the
beloved-a real commUnIcation.

So it is with ALL my work.



The sparrow is a symbol of the beloved.
The returning sparrow is the herald of spring, a symbol of the mother goddess, rebirth, and the Resurrection.


The sparrow denotes the gentle nature of an intellectual person.


To see a sparrow in one's dream represents inner dignity. Never underestimate the small or those who do not appear powerful.

The SPARROW series came to life in response to the fragility, the sirens,
the uncertainty and the cherished revelations of life: the suddenness
of choking despair in tragedy to the suddenness of passion, joy and
lull when simply hearing the living voice of the beloved.




I cannot shield myself from life- its ashen despairs nor its sweet
lullabies, its hell nor its heavens for it is life. Fear and/or the
desire to love in all colors and sound. I believe the odyssey is to be
touched, marked by listening to and continually moving toward and
within love- wounds are healed by love's energy, truth and touch.

Trust.

The earthquake that shattered Haiti was in a sudden moment. Compassion sang in as a song and an action. The recognition of a deep
soul connection occurs in a moment- it is the epiphany of love in the
morning star of light and the sight of the evening star within the
darkest night. I believe loving another is the vesper, the
revolutionary action of turning hell to earth to heaven.

Compassion and love are not words; they are expressions of existence, action and occurrence. It is all there waiting in anticipation to be opened, set free. The heart is a muscle, a sweet land, a strange land of
revelations. Stepping up into the rhythm and cry of life is the dance,
the hymn, the weave, the blues, the laughter, the wail, the morning, the
night, the water and the music of the odyssey. I believe the continuous gentle shower of compassion and tenderness, listening with awe and kindness astounds fear so love can be released, rise and breathe wide and deep. Where there has been neglect and scars the heart has thorns, whisper a gentle garden. Love can be an implosion, an internal earthquake...



Touch.



I listen, listen, listen to the divine within as its prayersound
murmurs, and then I dive into its pearl...and, with a tender grasp and
embrace, suddenly, the prayersound emerges as singing its song as a
drawing. Then I research to explore the image as a tuning fork and
attend to its resonance as a symbol, metaphor, etc. Then I decide to go
forward or extinguish the flame.

A sparrow is and a moment can...

Heal/thy FAITH
Heal/thy LOVE thee

Catherine L. Johnson


Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten by God?

Luke 12:6

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

Matthew 10:29




Mahalia Jackson singing His Eye is on the Sparrow: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM_JRAPSwVM





Sailors use the sparrow as a tattoo because: Sparrow is different from most birds, when they find their soul mate, they stay with them until the end of their life and for that reason, a sparrow is a symbol of finding your true love. Sparrows symbolize love, dedication and trust. A sparrow is a symbol of finding your freedom. Sparrows are known for traveling great distances, but always returning home.



...The sparrow symbolizes God's concern for the most insignificant living things. In the same way God loves and watches over the sparrow, He knows each person is unique and to be treasured and consequently surely watches over humans...




...Sparrows themselves don't really have a beautiful song, but what they do have is a tremendous ability to adapt to the most difficult conditions... Majid Majidi (Iranian film director- The Song of Sparrows)



The Sparrow is a symbol of hope, fertility, renewal of life, and resurrection.





You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.



No way is impossible to courage.




Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.




Nothing comes of nothing.




We can hold back neither the coming of flowers nor the downward rush of the stream. Sooner or later everything comes to its fruition.



Though thousands of miles apart, we'll share the beauty of the same bright moon.


Chinese proverbs







HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW, AND I KNOW HE WATCHES ME
Lyrics: Civilla D. Martin 1905 Music: Charles H. Gabriel


Diana Ross' version below:

Why
should I feel discouraged
Why should the shadows come
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion
My constant friend
Is He
His eye is on the sparrow
I know He watches me
His eye is on the sparrow
I know He watches me
I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free
His eye is on the sparrow
I know He watches me
His eye, His eye is on the sparrow
I know He watches
I know He watches
I know He watches me
I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free

His eye is on the sparrow

I know, I know, I know He watches over

He watches over me





SPARROW #8 2010

HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW, AND I KNOW HE WATCHES ME

Mixed media Graphite on Dove blue grey

13"H x 10"W

Artist Work


Roles

Artist

All Work

Red Sea Crossing: Blood Memoirs 1995 #1
CATHERINEfALL2011ARTist
Resurrection (The Holtkotter Project) 1996
My Mother's Garden 1997 and 2006
Breath 1997
Pine Tree: An Appeal to Heaven 1998
Pure River 1999
Pure River Triptych 1999
11 September 2001- one of four original works
Pine Tree: Te Deum 2002
The Matteson Suites: Wilderness Songs 2002 #1
Halo: The Prayer Wheel 2003
Waterfall 2003-2004 #1
Waterfall 2003-2004 #2
Florals/Bloom Series 2004- present
Pine Tree: INFINITY 2004
HEARTFIRE triptych
Pine Tree: HOPE 2005
The Gold River 2006 #1
BEHOLD: Laurel 2006 #1
The Chandelier Drawings 2006 #1
The Chandelier Drawings 2006 #4
The Chandelier Drawings 2006 #8
Halo: Circle (black on red) 2007
Halo: Circle 2007
IRIS: Ocean 2007
Touchstone: The Water Chants 2007-08
Mercy Mercy Mercy Drawings #7 2008
Mercy Mercy Mercy Drawings #8 2008
Tabula Rasa: The Dance Suites triptych 2008
CRaDLE. WiNG. ShiP. 2009 #2
Crescent. Water. Moon. 2009 #1
Break: OPEN 2009 triptych - Panel I
Break: OPEN 2009 triptych - Panel II
Break: OPEN 2009 triptych - Panel III
LOVE LOVE LOVE FEAR 2009
LEAVE ME NOW #12 2009
RISE ME #6 2009
MILK + HONEY #1 2009
PRIVATE RHYTHM: BEAUTIFUL FORTITUDE 2009
PRIVATE RHYTHM: BEAUTY IS DIVINE IS BEAUTY 2009
PRIVATE RHYTHM: TOUCH 2009
PRIVATE RHYTHM: YOUREXHALEMYINHALEYOUR 2009
PRIVATE RHYTHM: MY THROAT SINGING YOU 2009
PRIVATE RHYTHM: MOVING GRACE 2009
Calvin Charles Gallery Show Announcement
PRIVATE RHYTHM opening Calvin Charles Gallery 14 January Twenty Ten
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SPARROW FLY HAPPY FLY 20TEN Pinocchio's story
NEST: THERE IS MORE FOR YOU #1 2010
NEST: FOR YOU THERE IS HEAVENLY BLISS AND SONG #2
NEST: FOR YOU MY GIFT IS NOT HIDING FOR ME #6 2010
NEST: FOR YOU SLOWLY COME NEAR MY HEART FOR ME #7 2010
NEST: THE MORNING LIGHT FINDS YOU BEAUTIFUL THERE #8 2010
NEST: FOR YOU A LULLABY #9 2010
NEST: FOR YOU MY TRUTH IS MY WING FOR ME #10 2010
MISSISSIPPI RIVER CHALLENGE 20TEN PADDLER'S PREMIUM SPARROW 2010 PRINTS
ST. PAUL'S SPRING ART CRAWL 23-25 APRIL 2010
ARTISTBREATHINGWINGS
LOTUS 20TEN, a cycle of sixteen works
UNVEIL truth/TRUTH unveil
BLACKBIRD: WING 20TEN
AT NIGHT I FEEL YOUR WINGS MAJESTY BLACKBIRD: WING 20TEN
RISING I BELIEVE IN YOU YOU ARE NOT FALLING YOU ARE RISING YOU ARE RISING RISING RISING 20TEN
Pine Tree: Moon RAPTURES 2010
I WISH I KNEW 2011
EGYPT 11 FEBRUARY 2011
Pine Tree: ROSE 2011
JAPAN/MEDITATION 2011
HurricaneRAPTURElantern ART/SOUND INSTALLATION 2011
rOses 2011
BODY & SOUL / SOUL & BODY 2011
Pine Tree: BODY & SOUL 2011