The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
It's interesting, this process of intuitive painting. It is good for me to loosen up and just play, responding to those little whispers inside. (It's hard to believe these are the same two canvases I showed you in yesterday's post!)
So many metaphors for life turn up in this process. These paintings are happening in their own time and I don't really know what's coming next. Even when I think I have a plan it's probably going to change many times before I reach a conclusion. Sounds a bit like everyday stuff to me.
I've always thought that if I could see too far down the road in life I just couldn't bear to go there. It's been difficult for me to come to terms with the reality that some parts of life are just plain hard. I would so much rather stay oblivious to the dangers, free to play and trust like a child without worry or concern.
I took this photo of the road in front of my house just now.
We certainly can't see very far down our road on this foggy morning.
That's where my studio comes in...my sanctuary, my safe place to explore and question and grow. Lately my blog has been that as well. You've make it so...you stop by to see what new thing I'm up to. You encourage and lift me up. You are part of my process. From the bottom of my heart I thank you.
I have always felt a need for the pieces of life to my fit together...to flow into each other and connect. This is how life makes sense to me.
So I begin this day with gratitude...with a full and open heart and I have to tell you it feels awfully good. I'm off to braid my hair (because that's what little girls do) and pick up a paintbrush now. Who knows what will happen! :-)
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