Friday, June 24, 2011

Regret ... we didn’t connect the dots

After weeks of writing countless drafts I find myself, yet again, starting over. I am beginning to regret using the title Regret. While logic says, then change the title of the painting…..that thought is much more horrifying.

Typically we feel regret when we have been taken away from a person, place, or thing. Or, a person, place, or thing is quickly sucked away from us. It is easy to think, ‘I should have done this or that’…But the regret that usually hangs around our necks, the heaviest is when we didn’t connect the dots. Then we think, ‘what if’…

Remember that circumstance, that perhaps we simply lacked the wisdom, the vision, the courage, the faith…to connect those tiny specks of time? Yep, that’s the one.

So how can we avoid this offensive thing called regret? 

We need to:

Choose wisely which dots should be connected.
Train our vision to see dots that are currently invisible.
Exercise our courage to connect.
Have faith that the dots that have and have not been connected are that way for a purpose.

4mm Swarovski crystals in Jet are the dots that do not connect

Monday, June 6, 2011

Heavenly ~ take me there


Your first thought may be, “why isn’t this painting mostly or all white?” Well, that’s easy to answer…..

I don’t see Heavenly as ethereal, quite the opposite in fact. If something is Heavenly then it possesses great substance. It provides tremendous comfort, a place I don’t want to leave. It arrests me and I don’t want to be freed. It’s fascinating and mysterious. It’s a place, a feeling, a moment, that I don’t want an explanation for. I just want to close my eyes and be happy and content that I am there.

There is a weightlessness to it but not in the sense of light and airy. You know when someone hugs you and picks you up? Your feet are not touching the ground but you are not floating. Your movement is limited but you are safe, secure, and comfortable. That’s where my Heavenly takes me, my feet are floating but I have never felt so grounded.

 I used a silver metallic paint and as a result it is challenging to photograph. Here are some other pics; close-ups and different angles.

Heavenly 40 x 30 x 1.5 inches (101.6 x 76.2 x 3.81 cm)