Understanding next steps may require us to decode, the map that we’ve created. It may not always be clear. Looking for clues, guides and breadcrumbs requires, stillness and awareness. Most importantly we can’t force our understanding of what’s in front of us.
I’ve been doing a lot of prepping lately. Mostly preparing paper or canvas to paint on. It also seems to me, that I’m also creating a new space to work in, because I’m organizing, gathering tools, writing down ideas.
I created these images with the idea of being grounded. It was suggested to me, maybe that they are nests. A nest is a perfect word for taking next steps.
Pooh: “How does one become a butterfly?”Winnie the Pooh
Piglet: “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
I’ve been thinking what would the color of forgiveness would be? I believe it’s somewhere between the wisdom of blue and the pain of red. When you put blue and red together the colors become something in the purple family.
There are many things are written about forgiveness but the truth is we all must come to it on our own. Bringing in a shade of purple in to our world might inspire us to get to forgiveness.
Getting a new perspective by setting limits helps mix things up. Following an assignment that artist Louise Fletcher suggests, to paraphrase, it will loosen things up!
For these images I’ve chosen colors that I wouldn’t normally pick and there’s with a painting time limit of 30 minutes. It’s a good exercise! More importantly I had the opportunity to approach the paper with a different attitude.
Sometimes it helps just to turn around and get a different view. Always learning.
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