The illumination is from the light of God’s love bursting forth; entering your life in a multilayered pursuit to steer your pathway to home.
“Illumination Obscured” This was the first piece done…
“Illumination Obscured” How I once saw how God influenced my life…
“The Illumination” How I now see how God influenced my life…
The journey: All along this process it seemed as if I was being directed to be on this path… The inspiration for these two paintings starts with my weekly yoga at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. During the final relaxation, or Savasana, on 1/28/19 our meditation was about the full moon’s bright glow descending upon you and anchoring you to the earth. During this meditation I immediately was called to paint this piece. The colors and positioning of details were generated then. The following week was about the “pathway to home”. That’s when the orange path came into view. The next day I was on the Creative Wellness Opportunities Gallery website to see if they were having a First Friday event, that’s when I learned about the poster contest for their annual show. …The theme to be illustrated was/is “Illumination”… ! … Two days later I went to the CWO to get more details. I had a wonderful encounter there. Then 2 days later I went to Michaels to get the 20″ x 16” canvas for the acrylic painting… they were on sale, for that day only! The next day I painted the first one at Rochester Makerspace. More wonderful encounters… When I was done with the first one, I knew it was not what I truly wanted as the finished product. So the next week at RMS I created the painting at the top of this blog. I was sooooo excited when I finished that I blurted out with excitement. That, of course, brought people over. All of the exchanges then and during, were very fruitful on gaining incite on the incident, the painting, and God’s intent of the whole thing.
Black: not of God, the illusion of the absence of God
Orange: starting at the bottom, youth- wide opportunities, later life seems to narrow them, then it seems that the light pulls you to the love of God
Blue: swirling winds of change
White lines: what seems as “getting the lines crossed” is actually the multilayered paths the light of love has entered your life
White blast: God’s love streaming forth into the world
A comment about the “accidental” scar: When I was painting the black and using a pallet knife to streak out the color, I, by accident, created a scar on the orange path. At first I was very upset and wondered out loud how I was going to fix it. At that moment someone was walking by and when I was trying to explain my dismay a burst of inspiration hit me that I shared with him. – We all have scars etched on our being. Marks that are etched into our life pathway. I therefore must leave the oops in the painting for that reminder.A comment about the “accidental” white dollop: A few days later, before painting the white burst, I prayed out loud for the proper inspiring method or technique to create the representation of God’s love bursting forth. I then commenced in the fun mess of transferring white paint everywhere. Yup, everywhere. (Hmmm) When I was feeling complete and after I exclaimed my excitement, I noticed the dollop of white that preceded the scar on the path. The indication that God’s love was very present and noticeable in my life-being, preparing me for the “scar”. Creating a place to rest, or step off of, or step up from, in times of great need.
A comment about the poster competition: This is the statement that I included with the piece: “The illumination is from the light of love bursting forth; entering life in a multilayered pursuit to steer a pathway to home.”
I’ve been struggling with this debatable compromised version. It is from a suggestion from someone at the gallery, where the contest is being held, for the intent of making it more sensitive to the environment it would be shown. I was initially happy to make the change. I understand the impact and that it is nice that more people will see it. But is that enough? Is it correct to let someone change my words given to me via sweet inspiration and let it be watered down for the purpose of mass appeal in an environment that is more sensitive to this like “your path” or “God’s love”? Part of me is upset to the debate and part likes the debate. Hmmm…
All in all, I am delighted in all of the wonderful interactions. The amount of positive energy surrounding all of the aspects of this journey has been fascinating and well, yes, illuminating!
Sketches created a week later: Concerts on Park: During February’s fundraising “Concerts on Park” at the Immanuel Baptist Church I used colored pencil, crayon and oil pastels to illustrate the music that was being performed by George DeMott. Please mind the fact that I was also drawing on a clip board in partial ambient lighting… Two are below and two others were included in “Concerts on Park” blog piece.
I thoroughly encourage experiencing concerts this way… It leads to a deeper connection…