It began with an image that had arrived in my mind. It was of a woman with a beautiful light shining from within her heart. Before I could get started on this new painting, a nagging tickle in my throat soon turned into a rib breaking cough, and days in bed with a cold.

During my waking moments, I continued to watch the image paint itself in my imagination. Once I recovered, I set to work on creating this painting. However, something had changed. The painting had changed, and it was different. I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me. What I had imagined was no longer there to work from. This was very disconcerting, and I experienced a few moments of doubt. Each painting is an adventure, and I see it as a sort of movie that I participate with. Then, I finally began to understand. Feeling the discomfort of “change” was the first note of the music, or film score for this movie.

Stage Two, painting the hands

Doubt is uncomfortable and difficult. I waited, listened, and asked, “What am I painting?” The painting had changed, and the main figure was now a young man. While painting his face first, I saw that the image appeared only from the bridge of his nose down. This is the face of anyone, and everyone.

Next were the hands. The hands are protective and cherishing his heart, his center. This is the home of his “knowingness”, his light, and his truth. The truth is there waiting to offer its wisdom, and only the truth can see through the limited perceptions of his eyes and emotions.

Stage Three, tattoos and the message on the tee-shirt

As I began to paint the arms, I saw the tattoos. I thought about the stereotypes that society has placed upon men, and women for thousands of years, telling them who they “should be”  and “should not be” in order to be safe, valuable, and loved. I thought about the confusion and disappointment this causes within each person, and within their expectations towards each other.  A decade later, these stereotypes will change again, and so will the expectations of who each person “should” be.

I continued to paint this young man, who is cherishing the light and the knowingness within his heart. I began to understand the symbolism, the adventure, the message, and the painting itself. We all have the truth available and running through us in each moment. Accessing this truth, and the choice to honor and cherish this truth is ours, and requires the courage of a personal change. We also have the choice to see only with our eyes, feel only our emotional reactions in a situation, and be guided by the opinions of others. However, these perceptions are not the whole truth.

The message on the young man’s tee-shirt presented itself. “Question Everything”. The question is “what is the truth?” We can choose the gift we  have been given, to listen without an agenda or judgement. This is our greatest gift and power, and our center of gravity as we navigate through illusions, and the constant change of each day. Our center of gravity is our “knowingness”, the light within that supersedes the doubt, discomfort and fear. We have all been given this. Maybe it’s time to make friends with our knowingness, have a long talk and form a great, lifetime relationship.

Finally I painted the fabric background, symbolizing this young man’s “wings of protection and flight” as he trusts, continues to “Question Everything” and treasures the highest truth from within the core of his being. Thank you.

This is “Change & The Center of Gravity”


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Join the conversation! 32 Comments

  1. You’ve done it again! What light you she’d! And the post is pure poetry. Glad you’re feeling better 😊

  2. Oh — Reblogging to sister site, Success Inspirers World

  3. Thank you Ana! 🙏🙏😇

  4. Wonderful! Reblog away, and thank you my friend 😇❤️

  5. You have put a beautiful picture out there for us to see. How incredible that must feel! And you added a word picture to go with it, which is even better. Wonderful post.

  6. I sincerely thank you, what a lovely comment…..

  7. Beautiful–I love the narration that unfolds as well–just lovely!

  8. Thank you so much! Each painting is such a mystery to me until the end. At times, I feel as if I should wear an 1950’s fedora as I paint, like the Sam Spade character…..figuring out the clues. However, Hercule Poirot was a pretty natty dresser as well, and could you just imagine it? “Why yes, a bow tie is required when creating art….. Thank you again for your comment!

  9. Reblogged this on Elaine's Blog and commented:
    I am in awe of this digital painting artist, so much so I have bought myself a Wacom draw pad today 😉 Check out Liza amazing blog , you won’t be disappointed.

  10. I am so complimented! Thank you so much!

  11. Very cool and inventive. Enjoyed your process.

  12. How exquisite. This is gorgeous!!!!!!!!! Sorry you were ill though. Imagination is a wonderful thing!

  13. Thank you so much! I am so glad you like it. I think sometimes when we become ill, we are a just releasing what we no longer need, or at least that’s how I like to understand it! Thank you again!

  14. I agree. When we sleep, or when I sleep, I often find I run over days events and cull out what I don’t need, find answers to what I do. I figure when your sick, the same thing might happen. Hopefully your on the mend as we speak 🙂

  15. Hello Covert Novelist, (love the name!) So true, I think the body is in constant motion trying to heal and repair what we create and store within it, with our reactions and emotions, and have not investigated….yet! It’s a miracle worker to say the least. And thank you, I did finally bounce back after 6-7 days! – Peace be yours kind one.

  16. You are a delight. I’m going to visit more often. Time being what it is, I have favourites, and you are one so…hehe see you soon. Thank you for the kind wishes regarding peace. It was timely 🙂

  17. Your wish must have come true, because I have peace tonight 🙂

  18. I am so very touched, my heartfelt thanks to you….

  19. Excellent article, it is a very good read so I am going to reblog this one for you.

  20. I thank you so much Old Poet 56! I feel so honored…….! 🙂

  21. Thank you so much for reblogging oldpoet56!

  22. Wonderful work, Liza

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