To be honest, I’ve been struggling a bit lately. I’ve had a nasty cold, which is dragging me down, then the rains and the mudslides after the all-too-recent fire. It’s just a little more than my normally optimistic mind can handle, but I’m hanging in. I know that things will get better, and I’ll find a way to end this message on a positive note for you!
I’ve done several hikes through the burned hills in the past couple of weeks, and although it’s devastating, there’s also beauty in it. Look at these pictures that I took of the charred landscape and ash-covered ground.
I decided to create a couple of paintings in response to the fire, and I used the above images to inspire my color palette — all shades of charcoal gray with some brilliant orange and mahogany red.
The finished paintings are large, and it’s difficult to convey the power of their presence in a small image. I suggest you click on the images below and zoom in on them in a browser, and also look at the detail shots of the work.
They’re really beautiful in person, and would look stunning as the focal point of a minimalist room.
The grays change with the light of the day, sometimes dark and brooding, and other times a shimmering silver.
“Burn Bright,” triptych, 36″ x 54″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
“Smoke and Mirrors,” 36″ x 48″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
Now for that positive ending I promised. It can be difficult to see the good in death and destruction, but we go on, don’t we? We endure and we do our best to thrive, even in difficult times.
We survive, and perhaps we are made stronger because of our challenges — tempered by heat like steel and glass.
Fire is a transformative element. It burns away the old and makes way for the new. Fire in these paintings symbolizes the power we possess to alter the landscape of our lives. Fire tempers us and gives us strength to survive.
What would you like to transform or strengthen in your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Go forth and burn bright, my dear ones! Be fiery and be the change. You are a divine child of the Universe, and you are deeply loved.
With love and appreciation,