I have often wondered, as I looked at my paintings, about my search for peace, balance, and joy in life. I usually feel I do not experience these qualities, that my life is chaotic and off kilter. I would describe myself as a “driven” person, always seeking, never satisfied.
What am I seeking? Knowledge. Understanding. Love. I crave quiet and stillness and am never quiet and still…
And yet, on the rare occasions where I have taken the opportunity to look at my paintings, I find that many exude peace, balance, and joy. They embody a stillness that calls to me. Today’s piece is one such.
These qualities cannot manifest on paper through the work of my hands if they are not to be found within me. Even if I factor in my sense that much of what flows through me onto the paper comes from some higher source of inspiration, I cannot deny that that higher source of inspiration and I are, in many respects, one and the same, or at least that we dance well together.
If the peace I crave can manifest on paper through my painting, why can I not manifest it in other areas of my life? How am I blocking it? And how can I let go and allow what I see here today to flow more freely throughout my life?
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