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Oil Painting Lessons… Or A Tiger Lily In My Tank

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Shelley Newman, my art teacher and owner of Wind Water Trees, is very brave to teach me oil painting. I am such a noob!

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Almost finished!

When I was a younger, I said “I will never try oil painting. It’s too messy. Yada, Yada. Now watercolour, I can get my head around. It’s so civilized.” Yeah… I know. I also said, I would never use a computer or live in Toronto… So small minded.

These days, all I can think about is mooching oil paint onto canvas in big gobs.

“I am the life-force power of the universe.”

“I am the life-force power of the universe. I am the life-force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form, at one with all that is.” Jill Bolte Taylor – My Stroke Of Insight

The 1st time I saw Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED video – Stroke of Insight – I cried. Not because I felt sad for Jill, but because she described so well the inner peace she felt as a result of the stroke that she was aware she was having. She called it “La La Land.”

I felt La La Land too – although not to the extent that Jill did. (Bummer).

Nirvana. Euphoria. Who wouldn’t want that?

I tell everyone I can about Jill’s video, because it is a clue as to how our brain’s can think differently from one another. It’s those differences that make us unique. Those differences are marvellous! (WordBook App: “being or having the character of a miracle”). We need to marvel at these things… n’est pas?

The photo above, is some art work I did recently with the help of Kim. Kim is helping me ‘express myself’ these days which seems very difficult… hence A Blanc Canvas. If you want to befuddle me these days, just ask me an open ended question, such as, “How are you doing?’ Or, “How are you feeling?” I’m likely to walk away. How can I answer that?

Kim used an article from Brain Pickings as inspiration for the art piece we worked on: Why Emotional Excess is Essential to Writing and Creativity. This art is an expression of the article and how it made me feel. A visual rendition.

Red – Represents needing to be or feel ‘anchored’. To this world I guess. Red is also the colour for the Root Chakra – that ‘grounds’ us.

Blue – Represents ‘borders’. Helps keep you in. Keeps you safe in the confines of open space.

Yellow – Represents ‘energy, light, personal power.’

Orange – Represents ‘physical connection’ between the Red anchors and the Yellow energy.

Violet – Represents ‘spirituality’ of the inner physical being.

White – Represents the ‘spiritual connection’. Reaching out beyond the physical.

It’s no surprise then, that Violet and White together are bursting from the confines of both – anchors and borders.

Compare the above art vs. that below.

I call this one – my brain on a bad day.

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