A Painting A Day: Day 9, July 12 2012

"My Circles"
5.5" x 5.5" watercolor on paper

Inspired by yesterday's trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, particularly the tombs in the Egyptian section, I set out this morning to paint the spheres of my life.  The inner circle is the red Self (think adam); the blue circle contains the animals whom I have loved and cared for; the umber/navy circle contains people in my family and close circle of friends; the outer green circle contains my spiritual family, from gurus to saints to people whom I love who have passed away.  This exercise was a fun, meditative practice which I hope to continue.

 "Faith and Love"
5.5" x 5.5"

This piece is inspired by the book: "Why People Don't Heal and How They Can" by Caroline Myss.  In the book she describes a state of mind called "woundology," where the person consciously or unconsciously holds onto a wound and therefore doesn't heal.  Exercises in the book have helped me realize in what capacity I see myself as a victim and why this mindset is holding me back.  Could the challenges I face merely be tests of my faith opportunities to love my self more?  Quite possibly.

 "The Holy Grail"
5.5" x 5.5"
This is a piece inspired by Alison L. James' book "Merlin and The New Camelot: The Birth of Collective Christ Consciousness" and the Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell PBS interview in "The Power of Myth."  I like the idea of the Holy Grail being the compassion that opens the heart to another person.  In this watercolor, the Grail is given from one person to another.  Perhaps the person reaches for it, or is in a state of meditation, or simply going about their business.  Sometimes, the people playfully interact with the Grail.  Perhaps for me, the Grail is the self-illumination that I seek and must remain patient and disciplined for. 


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