"Being here is so much"
“But because truly being here is so much; because everything here apparently needs us, this fleeting world, which in some strange way keeps calling to us. Us, the most fleeting of all.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
I've been thinking a lot about what I want to say with my art lately. At first I thought it was all about finding a logo. But as I played with various designs and ideas, I realized I needed to go through this process of "why".
Why do I paint? At the most fundamental level? The conversations it has spurred, and your perceptive insight, have helped me to distill the essence of my work into words. It has taken listening intently to your feedback, and much reflection on my part, for me to discover what my soul already knew was at the heart of my work, but needed a little help from my friends to find the words and representation for it.
And what I found is that the "spark" that drives what comes out subconsciously, literally spilling out onto my paper is, in a word - or four- the celebration of human spirit. Words that encompass so much, yet within them are the deeper, profound things that drive what I want to say through my work:
These are words that you said describe my work, and a few that came to me in thinking about the ideas that drive what I do:
Grace, courage, light, passion, intellect, faith, dignity, love, gratitude, hope, fortitude, humility, triumph, strength, holiness, imagination, brokenness, power, healing, joy, forgiveness, transcendence, beauty, and wonder . What an incredible gift you gave me!
We all have our stories. Some told, some untold. We have all experienced all of these words in some form or other. All of us have made terrible mistakes and have regrets, we all have sinned, we all experience triumph, pain, brokenness, love and beauty . And we all have more grit and courage inside than we give ourselves credit for. Each of us has a soul with a door to God who will give us abundant grace, forgiveness and hope when we have run out..
Our day to day struggles in this life become trivial in the context of WHY we are here. The miracle is that we are here at all -together- at this moment in space and time. We are so blessed to accompany one another on our journey- celebrating when the good things, extraordinary moments and abundant gifts in life come our way. And helping each other to grow and heal- loving and sharing grace with our fellow travelers through the treacherous terrain and storms in life.
There is profound beauty in having others who love us through the beautiful, as well as the painful, times.
This love for one another is what makes us human. This journey together on a spinning, light and dark-filled planet in the midst of an incomprehensible universe. Love that makes our lives worthwhile on earth.
Our walk with God though our world reveals that we are tied together as one human family. Woven together with crude humanness and sacred spirit - Not just in our own time, but throughout history. We are descended from an ancient spiral of DNA , with a little stardust, and a sacred soul, that connects us to each other and to our maker.
And we are not a mistake or an accident. We are here on purpose- at this time, in these individual circumstances we find ourselves in- to discover our soul's true purpose. And as we walk together through life and help one another find our way home in communion with God, we are connected simultaneously to our ancestors and our descendants.
It is why I write and why I paint - to watch and reflect what is beautifully revealed and renewed on our journey under the sun every day , connecting our souls, and thanking God through it all.
Thank you for the opportunity to celebrate and share all of it- with you.
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