Our Place in the Mystery
"Our Place in the Mystery" - mixed media on Canson art board, 16" x 20". Available on Artfinder.
It's been a long time since there was a baby in the house. Twenty years, to be exact. And ok, a five-year-old Great Dane is not actually a baby. But we took some time last week to bond with our new boy, to take extra walks, give extra snuggles and to perfect our drool clean-up routine.
By the end of the week, Pongo was at home sprawled across the studio floor, which gave me a little time with the paint and with the process of abstraction.
Creating an abstract is a lot like learning to communicate with a large dog. There is a lot of listening and observing to learn the language. Abstracts do not like to be told what to do, any more than a dog who is determined to play fetch with his rubber pig. Both want you to play, and not to be on the phone or sweeping the floor or watching t.v. or looking in the cupboard for salty snacks. Abstracts are very uncooperative when you try to make them conform to a pre-conceived notion of organized chaos. Dogs are the same. They do not want to sit when a squirrel is in the yard or ear drops need to be administered.
In this week's chapter of Nepo's Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, there is a phrase he used - there is no lesson plan for living but to live. - this landed squarely in my lap like a drool-covered toy. This moment, this paint moving under my fingers across the board, this fur-baby galloping through the house like a huge goof-ball - our place in the mystery is right here, in these moments, savoring its simplicity.
10/16/2017 10:30:55 am
Perfect title for your painting! It holds depth, hints, swirls, veils, revelations. Awesome.
10/16/2017 01:00:40 pm
Dotty! Yay! Thank you so much! This one felt effortless, because I didn't try to push it around.
10/16/2017 01:36:02 pm
Mystery there is. I find myself following the different color paths in and out and all around. I find that when I want to push it, that's when I have to stop and breathe. We have to go where the flow takes us! Don't you JUST love dogs! He looks like a grand friend. Nothing like a Dane!
10/17/2017 07:18:19 am
Carol! You have the instinct! Knowing when to stop and breathe is THE THING TO KNOW with abstracts. It is such an intense exercise in release, surrender, being in the present moment. Sigh. Love it, and yet I fight it every time!
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