Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Her Womb Grew Fruit

Her Womb Grew Fruit (Stacy Wills, 2013)
Alcohol inks on pear shaped river rock, set atop
 background of alcohol inks on yupo.

Her Womb Grew Fruit is a creative response to this text for lectio divina* (Latin for "divine reading") during Week 1 of Creative Flourishing in the Heart of the Desert:  An Online Retreat with Hildegard of Bingen through Abbey of the Arts.  

In you have flourished the beautiful flower
whose fragrance was given to all who thirsted.
And thus all appeared in complete greenness.

From heaven, dew spread over the grass
and the whole earth delighted,
because her womb grew fruit
and because the birds of the skies nested in her.

-Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179)
from O Viridissima Virga

O Viridisimma Virga

For a unique audio/visual experience, begin listening to O Viridissima Virga, then click on Her Womb Grew Fruit to enlarge the image...engage your imagination...and see what arises.

*If you would like to learn more about the practice of lectio divina, an on-demand online course is available here through Abbey of the Arts.


  1. Beautiful art! And I LOVE Hildegard dearly... have recently been revisiting her myself in my own soulwork.

  2. Thank you so much for stopping by, Hali! I love your prayer paintings...may blessings be multiplied to you. :-)