It just made sense that a quote about rain soothing fire would pop into my world this week. And whenever it is Mark Nepo, well you know I listen extra closely.
So many of us are intent on living right now. Living through some of the most challenging times in our lives. Which, if you have a deep wound (or two or ten) from the past, may just trigger those buggers and have you dealing with more than one VERY BIG THING. But Nepo shines a light right on the silver lining there - when we bring out our inner fire it transforms into an ability to love like rain. A love based in the light and truth of vulnerability and openness. And I've been lucky enough to witness this recently - stellar souls reaching deep and bringing out the fire. I find myself awed, inspired and contemplating how to love like rain.
About the art - Beginning with small wood panels gesso'd in black and using either myself or scribbled figures as models (whatever works during a pandemic, right?) and then building many layers of color with acrylic paint. Each one has a story and a message for the viewer. For more details, head over to Artistic Souls Gallery on Facebook, or drop a line to me via email. If you're new to Facebook auctions and would like more info on how to participate, let me know - we can swim those waters together. :)
But truly, Vonnegut is saying something important here. Hanging on to softness, sweetness and a belief in something wonderful - maybe this is our primary purpose when the world is pushing us to become hardened and bitter and filled with hate. Even our own limbic systems (I think of them as a 3 year old chimpanzees who were somehow mistakenly left in charge of our human bodies) need the reassurance of softness and sweetness in our thoughts to keep us from becoming internally weary, inflamed, hyper-vigilant and over-producing cortisol in a steamy bath of stress hormones.
So today, let's be the ducks. Well maybe not THESE ducks. They look a little put out by the lack of rain.
Well, for sure! We could...make friends, make an effort, make a joyful noise, make hay while the sun is shining, make up after a disagreement, make love, make amends, make room, make the best of a bad day, make nice, make do, make an entrance, make believe...it seems that "making" is a powerful thing, and not just when baking a pie (though I do now truly want a slice).
Let's go make the world brighter today. And if you're making pie, well, you know who wants the first piece. :)
A visual history of the painting...
Works in process...
I gave myself a little talking to and decided to take a play day. Restore the balance! You can, too. Bruno Mars says so. Are you going to argue with Bruno?
About the works in process: take a couple of wood panels and throw all your leftover paint on there. Scribble some quirky figures with a paint pen. Start adding color until their personalities begin to shimmer. Then take a day off and leave your dear readers on the edge of their seats until the next post. :)
"Now Not Serving" - a triptych. Each 6" x 6", water-based ink and acrylic paint on aquabord panel. Available here.
This particular quote is a version of something I've heard a time or two...but the idea of not serving tea to the negative thoughts made me chuckle. I mean, that's what we do, right? We allow the negative thought in and then offer it enticement to stick around awhile and enjoy itself there, rolling around in our consciousness and eating all the sugar cubes. We are the perfect host or hostess for the thing that should actually receive a boot in the behind.
So this week, dear reader, let's post a NOW NOT SERVING sign in our minds whenever those pesky thoughts pop their heads up and ask for a cup of Earl Grey.
About the art - pausing from a marathon of portraiture to continue my quest for the fine line between abstraction and realism. In this case, pursuing seascapes which could nearly-not-be. The water-based inks are fickle but lovely on their own, and dreamy when mixed with a bit of titan buff acrylic paint.
About the art: let's tell this story in pictures...
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O'Donohue likes to awaken us to timeless truths. As do Mark Nepo, Anne Lamott, Mary Oliver and so many contemporary writers we've come to cherish. But another way to find timeless truths is through watching Midnight Gospel , where at least one of our cherished writers takes animated form and dispenses wisdom in a psychedelic world. It took me a minute or two to wrap my head around the concept of the series, but then I was hooked. There is so much happening visually in this series that I literally have to take notes to keep up with the words of wisdom the characters are calmly dispensing as they run from zombies and other unsavory situations
Jen Jovan and her imaJENation