murphy vs the mastodon
Let's talk about Murphy. Facing down a mastodon (well, at least that's what I see in this painting). What on earth could that mean for us this week? It rattled around in my thoughts until this dropped into my lap:
“A further sign of health is that we don’t become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it’s time to stop struggling and look directly at what’s threatening us.”
― Pema Chodron
Oh. Yep. Looking directly at things. Even those things which make us cringe and want to avert our eyes. I did that recently - stared directly at the elephant in the room (or the mastodon in the painting, so to speak) and voila! A clear understanding of what needed to happen next to lead that pachyderm out the door. Life imitating art imitating potatoes and behemoths. It's going to be a good week. :)
2/10/2020 12:22:28 pm
Jen, thank you for Murphy, mastodon, and zen moments here with you at your blog where I immerse myself in your brushstrokes and your words, both of which embrace me as I look directly at all manner of threat.
2/10/2020 12:24:24 pm
Dotty! Looking directly at mastodons is something I just KNEW you could and would do. :) Fearless artist - you inspire me!!!
2/10/2020 01:09:02 pm
Another widely good abstract. Thanks Zjen for sharing your artwork and thoughts with all of us!
2/10/2020 02:22:51 pm
Carl! "Zjen" - I love that! Thank you! Cannot wait to see your foray into abstraction...
2/10/2020 03:31:19 pm
Zen Jen finally one of my typos worked in my favor. You are hence to be known as ZJen
2/10/2020 04:02:21 pm
ha ha! YES! I'll take that!
2/13/2020 06:07:42 am
Somehow comments from my tablet aren't showing here! Or I didn't press the publish/submit button? What ever! Murphy vs Mastodon... maybe I am missing something! I see an abstract landscape! When I finish my roll of canvas I am going to try wood panels!
2/13/2020 04:14:58 pm
Carol! It really is an abstracted landscape...but it is funny (as you know) to find things within them. I decided to embrace that with this one. And the wood panels! OMG! So amazing to paint on AND not expensive at all.
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