Painting “Tribal Garden”

Sketching in my notebook, I began to play with a design and listen. It felt tribal, and I thought of tattoos, but I also felt a garden, and realized this image would represent a combination of the essence, thoughtfulness, and the respect many cultures live by, deeply connected in reverence with nature, honoring the gifts of the earth, and that which created it.

Beginning Tribal Garden, Sketch

The sketch is a connection for me, and when I begin to paint, I get to listen and learn.

Tribal Design – Representing a way of choosing to live, spiritual beliefs, and could be seen as a transition in life, embracing wisdom and understanding the grace of being truly aware and alive.

Garden – The original paradise created by God as a safe enclosure. The soul, and innocence, consciousness, happiness, salvation, and purity. Gardens represent the essence of the space between people that is a true state of living in peace, because gardens represent inclusion, community, and a sense of well-being.

Tribal Garden Design

Hibiscus Flower –  Delicate beauty, immortality, and the natural beauty of being one with God. The hibiscus, represents a state of royalty in the connection to that which created this earth, respecting and honoring the hospitality that the earth has always been generously giving to us.

I then painted two more panels of this piece.

Tribal Garden Center Panel

Tribal Garden – Third Panel

And I thought about this experience, about the tribal significance of living on this generous planet, and listening to what the garden and its creator is so diligently offering to teach us. Do I listen and make time to connect to the earth? Do I honor the planet in my life choices, in what I choose to support, and do I and thank nature each day for its wisdom, and the nurturing sustenance it offers?

This is the “Tribal Garden”

Tribal Garden

Thank you.

Painting “Whispers” & Happy New Year

Whispers

Whispers illustrates a moment experienced as a nudge, an intuition, or simply the feeling of just “knowing” something, although you may not be able to explain why. It’s about becoming still and listening. It’s about asking what to do, and then listening for the answer that is calm and clear. To capture that moment visually and paint it, I decided to use the symbolism of the crow, the fox, and the willow. Although various attributes can be found for each of these, I chose the following;

Fox – The Celts believed the fox to be a guide, and was honored for its wisdom. Fox is alert, clever, and mindful of his surroundings.

Crow – Crow symbolizes the void or core of creation, from darkness to light and the keeper of the sacred law.

Willow Leaf The Willow represents balance, learning, growth and harmony. The willow tree represents strength and flexibility while standing firm, and withstanding the greatest of challenges.

Whispers is about listening, paying attention, discernment and making choices that are true to yourself.

Happy New Year to all in 2018. May you hear inspiring whispers of wisdom, grace, truth and lots of humor!

 

 

SO, What’s the Plan?

While the politicians bicker, “We the People” will just need to get on with it, and save the planet.

Detail of fish, “SO, What’s the Plan?” painting.

….and yes, We can. The inspiration for the painting “SO, What’s the Plan?” is exactly the question that I ask about my own contribution to the plan.

Maybe an important step might be to first check around the playground of our own thoughts for any “slackers” named Ida Know, Who Mee, and Two Bizzy. Those are the thoughts that are waiting for someone else to solve the problem. Oh, and try not to get lost in there, stick to the center lane, possibly leave a note behind letting others know where you’ve gone. Once you’ve located the slackers, promptly put them, and all of their backup singers/friends/groupies in the recycling bin.

Detail of Turtle, “SO What’s the Plan?” painting.

While painting, I continued to research and update myself to “The Plan”. I can’t fix it, but I can be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem.

I don’t have to be scientist, even Dr. Alexander Fleming who discovered penicillin had neither the resources nor the chemistry background to develop his discovery. But he kept focused on it, writing about it, and then with help, it all came together. The real Story behind Penicillin

Thousands of devoted people and organisations have great information, and Google will hold the flash-lite while you search. “Just give me a list”, is my first mantra, so I decided to research products that cause harm to marine life, and not purchase them, and  10 Easy ways to protect the Ocean 365 days a year.

I can also create a painting that asks, “SO, What’s the Plan?” I can put my attention on the solution, and not how horrible the problem is. I can pay attention to legislation, and to my vote. I can phone up the creator of this planet and ask for the all of the solutions to arrive. I don’t ask for it to be “fixed”, that wouldn’t work, we would just mess it up again, we need to decide, we need to change, we need to quit waiting for someone else to fix it.  It most likely will not be the bickering politicians. If you don’t already have a plan,  just please…….make one. Thank you.

 

Madame Pele

 Goddess of Volcanoes

The texture of lava as it cools and begins to solidify, was the first inspiration for this painting. As I was creating the pattern and design of the lava, a face began to emerge. At first I wasn’t sure if it was male or female, but it soon became apparent it was indeed female. As the molten lava took its place, Madame Pele emerged, the Goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes. Her lei is made of Lehua flower blossoms.

Possessing the power to create new land, Pele also has a volcanic personality; an impetuous and lusty nature, jealous, unpredictable, capable of sudden fury and great violence. Yet she can also be gentle, loving and as serene as her forests of ferns and flowering trees.
 Herb Kawainui Kane

Images Within Images

 

 

 

Ivan

Green Man, Nature Spirit, Brother

Today I saw the well-known bumper sticker that reads, “The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth.” – Chief Seattle. Again, I thought of the technology and intelligence available and ready with the solutions. And again, I ask that those businesses with the focus on profit only, wake up within to the concept of harmony for the greater good.  Taking care of the Earth first, and making a profit as well.

I think Ivan would agree.

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