I tried to paint an abstract…I really did. It was fun, too, for awhile, until I couldn’t stand it anymore and had to start putting in form. It looks to me like this painting really wants to be a landscape. The bird was a real joy for me~I spotted him as I was walking the trail last summer. It was very hot and he was poised there, still for long enough for my lowly point-and-shoot to focus on him. Yay! At home I pored over my field guides and my best guess is that he is a Dickcissel. I will be giving more substance to the compass plant he sits on, while endeavoring to keep the overall feel light and free.
This and another thing came together in my mind as a meditation. I cam across the movie, “The Nun’s Story”, with Audrey Hepburn. It looked like a heavy movie but I’m a big fan of her’s so I watched it anyway the other day. I was struck by what seemed to be a central teaching for the nuns~ the Grand Silence. They learned to silence their thoughts so they could hear God. I liked this idea, and I wondered to what extent any of us could reach for that within our lives without entering a convent or monastery. Not that I think there is anything wrong with them~not at all. I find the idea of them quite beautiful. What I mean is, I wonder what positive change can a person bring from within a worldly life if they focus on transforming themselves rather than others. I suspect there is great fullness to be found in that inner stillness. And light. And freedom. I suspect that things like road rage and red light cameras and materialism dissolve. I feel lighter already 🙂