Sunday, November 29, 2009

On Luminosity...

We practiced pours in watermedia. A mask is applied, painted in careful detail. You pour paint across the paper and then let it dry. You pull off a portion of the mask. You pour paint again. Dry. Peel. Pour. Dry. Peel. Pour. Dry. Peel. The exercise is tedious, and time consuming. But you reveal at the end, layers of transparent paint in luminous layers.

I think people in flux are like this. People learning self-awareness.

Trials are poured across us. Troubles, pain, woes, and sorrows. Those things change us, and if we bear them well, with grace and hope and a learning effort, when we peel back the next layer of mask we've kept to protect us from those pains, we reveal new possibilities for luminous change. In the end, our trials and troubles can transform us into beings of light.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

On Rumi...

Watercolor reminds me of Rumi. You know, that 13th century Persian poet?

When I was in the mental hospital, I discovered Rumi.

Watermedia as brought me back around to him, as every painting is an exercise in letting go.

Here are some good Rumi:

Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.


Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.


Dance when you're broken open.
Dance if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you're perfectly free.


Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.


Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

On Growing Up...

What does it mean when you start to accept that things aren't in your control?

That's really scary.