Balm in Gilead, digital download


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This printable art is from a photograph of a painting I did about a spiritual song "There is a Balm in Gilead". I added the quote "We should be willing to act as a balm for all wounds" by Etty Hillesum, which I found when reading her journals in "An Interrupted Life, the Diaries 1941-1943 and Letters from Westerbork".

*Please note that what you purchase is an instant download to save & print (this item is not mailed to you). It can be printed on regular photo paper of various sizes, small to poster. Here are five creative printing options for this digital file:
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2. Save the file to a USB drive to use photo services at Walgreens, Staples, Office Depot, etc.
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More about the original:
The original artwork called "There is a Balm in Gilead" is a drawing I did on a wood cradle, which measures 12" by 9" by 2". This design came from a sketch I did of a posing model. I crushed blueberries to use the juice to stain the wood. (The color may appear brown to deep violet depending on lighting.) I pushed a sewing pattern tracer into the wood along many of the lines of the design causing the stain to seep into the tiny holes from the tracer. This small piece was inspired by an old spiritual song. My favorite line in the lyrics is, "There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole..." I play this on the piano slowly and with feeling. I no longer have the original painting; a collector purchased it for a gift for someone who helped his own healing from a rare disease.

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