I sat with a friend the other night and went through all of the original paintings from my 365 practice. A number of things stand out for me but one in particular is the fact that the 1″ circle no longer serves as a “boundary”. The paintings don’t always fit neatly into the “box”. As we came to the first painting that really “broke out”, I remembered my friend Sr. Carolyn asking me, “Why did you go outside the boundary?” I remember answering that I had the sense that, in any spiritual practice, if the “boundaries”, the structure, became the thing of paramount importance the spiritual practice couldn’t breathe. I remember feeling as though God was smiling mischievously at me as this message seeped into me. I still feel that way.
At this point in my practice I will say that every painting begins with a 1″ circle and grows from there. Some stay more neatly contained or aligned with the frame. Others spill out and, looking at the final piece, you wouldn’t be able to discern the compositional heartspace.
There’s a message in this realization.
Another interesting feature of this painting? No birds. Did you notice? I’m not sure where they are or when they’ll be back. They’re not returning my calls…
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