Hello My Friends,
I’ve been searching for meaning in the recent fires, because I’d like to think that they’re more than a random act of destruction. What is the purpose of fire, and what is the greater lesson to be learned from it? Is destruction necessary for rebirth and renewal?
In the absence of answers, I decided to go into the studio and paint. I wanted to do a heart chakra painting to bring in the energies of compassion and love for these trying times.
The color of the heart chakra is green and I paired it with pinks, inspired by the hues of watermelon tourmaline, a heart chakra stone.
The painting looked great while it was wet, but then it started to change as it dried. One of the challenges of this work is letting go of the end result!
While it was wet, the painting was soft, smooth and pretty.
But the humidity was less than 10%, and when it’s that dry, unexpected things sometimes occur. The paint moved and separated in interesting ways, creating a lot of texture.
Instead of a soothing heart chakra piece I ended up with an explosive heart chakra painting! I like it, but it’s so different from what I was expecting.
“Giving and Receiving Love,” heart chakra healing painting, 30″ x 30″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
When have you had to deal with unexpected results, and how did you handle it? Share your story in the comments section below.
In other news . . . tomorrow is the Winter Solstice for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere — the shortest day of the year. Summer Solstice if you’re in the South. I’m excited because for us, the days start growing longer, and I’m ready to move out of the darkness and back into the light. I’m ready to put the fire behind me and move into rebirth and renewal. Let the smoke clear and the healing begin!
Happy Solstice to all of you! Enjoy this special day, be well, and know that you are deeply loved.
With love and appreciation,