Although I don’t sail, I love everything about sailing: the wind captures my imagination; the graceful sails, the sound of the water is like listening to the planet catching its breath. What I feel about sailing is captured in this painting called Persistence. A race is in progress and even though the sailboat which is the focal point of the painting seems to be behind, the sailors remain diligent, determined to stay the course to the end. Wind, water, sails and human persistence along with an obscured horizon give this work an ethereal feel – telling me that it is not just about the human maneuvering of a sail boat but the totality of the elements surrounding it.
Metaphorically, sailing speaks to my soul. The unpredictability of wind and water demands captain and crew to merge with the elements as if they are one …. As indeed they are. Sometimes sailing is smooth, sometime troubled and sometimes stormy. Experience teaches me that facing each of them, whatever they are is the soul’s only way of staying true to the course.
There is an energetic feeling that surrounds me when I become mindful. It is like gears within shifting from one to another. This shifting of gears metaphor creates an enchanting and magical existence. I love fairy tales: the enchantment (lovely word), the magical components that fairy tales have. Beings of Light appearing in my mind's eye and speak to me using silent words.
As a child, imagination was my best friend but as I matured, it got it dismissed as irrelevant. But now it is back: Images and awareness, invisible to the naked eye, are magical realities. I am enchanted - I live an enchanted life because this energetic feeling that surrounds me is also within me. It is where life unfolds magically. Every day is a miraculous event and I can choose to follow whatever I want. Who, or what will I serve today - What I seek, seeks me. What I serve, serves me.
Like most artists, I think metaphorically thus images are essential. It seems to me that imagination is a building block – an important corner stone for what one is about to create. Welcome back Imagination...
Like painting, writing is another form of creative expression. Instead of using brushstrokes, however, one uses words. Writing creates inner visualization and this is what this blog is to be about. Some writings will have paintings but not all of them. The covid pandemic has brought out the writer in me and I am loving creating using this venue.