living in the in-between

This time of year we stand in an in-between or liminal space. The light is waning and the end of a crazy year is coming. Enjoy the beauty of change.

photo by LL Griffin
in-between by LL Griffin

Honor the space between no longer and not yet – Nancy Levin

the messiness

art by LL Griffin
messy desk
way by LL Griffin
way by LL Griffin

Art is messy and so is life.

Somehow, we try to find our way.

The statement of life imitates art or is it art imitates life.

art by LLGriffin
art by LL Griffin

step by step

detail of mixed media by LL Griffin

Having a goal or intention is good. Step by step is the way toward that goal. At pace of step by step it can allow us to change our minds our if we need to.

Looking only at the big picture you may miss an important detail. The corner of the painting that is really good and the rest isn’t working. Instead of throwing the whole thing out you can see what’s good and what’s working. That detail can help you focus. That detail can help you pivot.

Step by step can you go in the direction you need to go.

the brush images here are details from a bigger paintings that didn’t work

mixed media by LL Griffin

uncovering roots

Uncovering roots is a way of understanding what is underneath and what grounds us.

In grade school most kids will take a seed and use a paper towel in a glass jar and “plant” the seed and are able to watch the seed get roots. Another way to see roots is when some plants sprout roots if you don’t use cook them soon, like potatoes. But most of the time we don’t have the opportunity to observe roots because they’re in the ground and really not thought of much, until there is a problem.

These images were made in a recent workshop. My view and uncovering roots.

Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots Rumi

mixed media by LL Griffin

No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell CG Jung

mixed media by LL Griffin

the end, the beginning

brush art by LL Griffin

The End

The Beginning

In the spirit of transitions, I’m sharing my art that speaks to endings with hope toward a new beginning, as well as prose that inspire.

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning; that there is always another dawn risen on midnoon, and under every deep a lower deep opensEmerson

photo by LL Griffin

…What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start … TS Eliot Four Quartets 4: Little Gidding

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings Lao Tzu

This journal is a journey

Let it help you on your path.

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