Painting “The Unknown is Calling”

Stage One; The Phone

Once a painting is completed, I begin to wonder what the next painting will be. This time, the image of an old black rotary telephone came into my mind. I thought this was great, I love these phones. However, this image also arrived with the essence of a mystery as well. Each painting is an adventure, a life lesson for me concerning the shared experience of us all.

I create black in a painting by applying a variety of colors on top of one another. I finish the section with two or three layers of  Lamp Black glaze,  a soft warm black. Black is the combination of all colors, and the absence of light. Most every surface will reflect the colors around it, even a piece of white paper, or the page of a book you are reading. Try it. Look closely at your finger touching the paper, then lift it about an eighth of an inch, and continue to look at that spot on the paper. If the lighting is good, you will see the color of your skin faintly on the page. When I first saw this, I thought I was having a “moment”, but with closer observation, I saw the truth of what I was actually becoming aware of.

Stage Two; The Crow

I began to create a marbled texture as well. Next, the name and the number on the phone arrived into my mind; “Unknown 0000”. OK, here we go I thought, we are painting that which we call “The Unknown”, something that immediately seems uncomfortable and mysterious. After the phone was completed, I saw that a crow was to be perched on the phone.

I sat with this painting for some time, just listening. While painting the background, the story of the image began to tell itself. To various degrees, we may consciously or unconsciously, for a false sense of safety, try to protect ourselves from the unknown. This can lead to a calcification of the light that is within all of life, by not allowing the light of awareness, joy, and love to move in and through any given moment freely. We could also grow argumentative and controlling, demanding that what we know, is the right and only way.  This would be simply our fear and not trusting an inner knowingness. This inner knowingness is created to be in constant flow through us. This is also the unknown, becoming known.

The Phone – represents information, and that life is continuously calling to us in each moment. Black represents information that is moving from the position of what you may not know in this minute, to what you will know the next, bringing it into the “light” where all of its colors can be seen.

The Crow – Crow symbolizes the void or core of creation, from darkness to light and alert for every call from the sacred.

The Dove & The Rainbow – In this painting both represent the highest truth available to all. At one moment it is unknown, and in the next, we have the opportunity to become aware of it. We do this by simply asking, by making our own phone calls, and then listening instead of hanging up. It is the peace, and the freedom we feel when we move from not knowing, into knowing. This is faith. This is asking what it is you need to know. When we think about it, this happens in each moment of every day. By choosing to remain open to change, to information with consideration, we are answering the phone in our own lives. We are being led to our own greatest selves. We become light, and within the light, we become pure color.

P.S. The day after I finished this painting a circumstance arrived at my door of life, and I was ushered into another opportunity of the great unknown. With a new set of observational skills, faith, questions, and a lot of focus/listening, and after 5 hours with a used car salesman……..a gruelling test if there ever was one, I exited dehydrated, but victorious, and with an entire new lifestyle. 100% Electric. (big smiley face)

This is “The Unknown is Calling”

The Unknown is Calling

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.

 

Iggy & Images within images

Iggy, a nature spirit

Iggy

 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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