I continue to post paintings from the year 2016 on this blog and recall the inspiration behind them. It was a prolific year for me. I painted almost daily. And when I couldn’t, I felt antsy and frustrated. Picking up that brush and moving paint around often felt like the most grounded and satisfying part of my day.
There was an early winter blizzard–a storm that blocked impasse. The highway north was closed. My friend was in hospice care thirty miles north of where I live. There was no chance of me getting there to sit with her. Thus, this cow…this pink cow! I have no idea where this came from or what it actually symbolizes. I only know that this is exactly what I was supposed to paint in the moment.
Making art engages you. It takes you on a parallel journey to whatever else is going on in your life. Surrender is a large part of the creative process. Through surrender, you discover something beyond what you already know about yourself and
the creative process.
Inherent in the surrender is a leap of faith. Faith that what you are painting is serving some purpose beyond what you realize. Yes, it is a distraction or a diversion from whatever else is going on in your life. And, it also helps to integrate a difficult feeling. It can offer a degree of acceptance in a circumstance where we feel helpless. Calling on creativity in these moments heals something within. There is a sense that this is exactly what you’re supposed to be doing in this particular moment in time.
My friend passed away later that day. Whenever I see this painting, I am reminded of her Goddess presence.
What purpose has art and creativity in all of its forms served for you? The old biblical saying “Don’t hide your light under a bushel” comes to mind…we each have a gift to be shared. In the times of sheltering at home, it seems to take an added effort to discover ways to share your light…but then, you are creative beyond measure and I’m guessing you’re going to come up with some way to let your light be seen.