This painting (not finished yet) was all about exploration. I used a liquid masking fluid, played with creating a pool of water. A Goddess (with uneven eyes) rising from the depths. Symbolism. A waterfall cave behind her face. Her hair, a trellis for a climbing vine. A butterfly above her eyebrow. What’s it all mean?
One of these days, when I’m called to, I’ll return to it. To see where it wants to go next. For now, it sits behind my sofa in a suspended state.
It seems that artists have a lot of unfinished paintings. I’m not the only one. We reach a point of impasse with a piece. I’m not sure why. The question “Where do I go from here?” hovers in an air of suspense. Because we just don’t know.
Being comfortable with the unknown is actually a great quality to have. The other day, I was not happy with the state of affairs in the world. Whether the virus or politics or human behavior, geez. I walked down a road I don’t normally walk down. Out of nowhere, my cellphone in my fanny pack began playing a song from the film, Frozen. I don’t know how that song got on my phone!! The words “I’m afraid of what I’m risking if I follow you into the unknown…” played loud and clear. These words reflected what I was feeling about leaning into the uncertainty of life in these challenging times in which we are living.
Then, I rounded a curve in the road and someone had written graffiti on a metal gate…
it read “Normalcy is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it.”
These two timely messages from the universe shifted my feelings from uncertainty and fear to a sense that I was being (we are being) looked after in ways that we can’t imagine. That there is something beyond what we can see that is working with us. And that it wants us to be aware of its presence, its offer to assist us.
Idina Menzel singing “Into the Unknown” at the Academy Awards.