Greetings, Art Lovers!
I am a reader.
And I find that various books have shed some much
needed gems of wisdom across my path right when I've
needed it most.
and her book The Invitation is one of these books.
And the chapter that is mind-boggling to me is
titled "Sorrow" and discusses a much ignored
topic of life...one that most often is hurry, hurry,
hurry...rush on by this and get-it-over-with sort of
level of discomfort that life brings to our door at
some point in our lifetime. Everyone has experienced
challenge in life, of the dark, soul-searching variety.
Emotional pain. And yet, no one seems to really
talk about this in the manner that Oriah does. She raises
an extremely valid point. Can we sit with it? Can we
just be WITH our own sorrow, or someone elses for that
says, "Most people are eager for clear boundaries.
In fact, one of the reasons people are often uneasy
about hearing of another's sorrow is that they feel
the very act of listening will make them responsible
for alleviating the pain. Deep inside we know that there
is often nothing we can do to ease another's pain, and
we don't know how to live with this knowledge."
this possibly be a reflection on the repulsion
or fear we feel from our own pain or sorrow? Most
has spent countless hours leading workshops on this
topic and she said, "I have discovered that often,
beneath this genuine and admirable desire [to be with
another's pain], lies an inability to be with my
It goes without saying here...that our world is LOADED
up with a buffet of distractions. And when I consider
this topic of sitting with our own sorrow and pain,
thoughts of masking these with mental busy-ness flood
in...it's what we do to distract ourselves from
"having to deal with it, having to face the fire"
if you will. Television, music, smartphones, food, tablets,
ipads, movies, alcohol, xanax (or name your "relaxer"
here) and the list goes on and On and ON!
naturally this can lead to manifesting other problems
in our lives. Problems with our relationships, our
health, our ability to have restful sleep, our productivity
at work, etc.
wish this was something I could have been taught years
ago! The amount of time I've spent distracting myself
from and compounding my own suffering from sorrow...wow,
if I could erase those wasted hours...imagine the difference.
there alone, simply being, gently stopping my mind from
adding suffering to the pain, I suddenly heard the highest,
clearest note of song from a bird outside my window.
It rippled through the center of my body like an electric
current, leaving behind a tingling sensation. The brilliant
green of the leaves of the maple tree outside caught
my eye, and I breathed in the sweet scent of the breeze
that rustled the curtains, billowing them inward like
an inhalation aligned with my own breath. All of
my senses were sharpened. It was one of the most
exquisite moments of pleasure in my life. The pain was
still there, but my attempts to be with it had opened
my awareness to the breathtaking beauty of life held
in the small things right in front of me."
a perspective adjustment is all we really needed.
an artist, do you have paintings from other artists
hanging in your own home?
This is a FUN question!
Over the years...having many artist friends (ya know...the
whole, like-minds thing) I've noticed that you can recognize
an artist's home the moment you step foot inside. Because
they ALWAYS have unique, original art hanging on their
So yes, we do. Interestingly though...it's
taken a while before I would hang my own art in our
home. (primarily because all of my work is for sale
so I don't want to grow too attached to any one piece) Chris
is an awesome pencil drawer and her work is hanging
in our home too.
I absolutely LOVE to sit in our
living room and just enjoy the artwork throughout the
room. It's especially fun to sip a morning cup of coffee
while glancing into one of the many pieces we have.
Art has a special way of calming a space and hugging
you at the same time.
you wear an apron or old pair of clothes when you paint?
never been a paint slinger or slopper of paint, even
when I'm just painting interior walls. Yet I do have
"work clothes" if you will...clothes that
were I to get paint on them it's no big deal.
your attention the most when you visit big name art
I remember the first time I saw an original Van Gogh
piece. There were two things actually. One
was that the actual size of the original is either much
larger or much smaller than I expected. And two,
the real, actual color tones. Images of these pieces
that I'd seen before either online or in some magazine
depicted the colors all wrong. Either darker in tone
or lighter in tone than the actual original piece. This
was how I learned that the hardest part of depicting
the true appearance of a painting is in color and scope....and
that images of a piece of art are ALWAYS nothing like
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on her website.
you have ever lived in a part of the country where a
particular season of the year lasts a little longer
than your choosing...you will understand this.
has finally arrived! The house windows are opened
again and fresh air and green grass abounds. There's
something that really challenges me when the outside
weather keeps me cooped up inside. Yep, I too struggle
with too much of cold and dreary. I LOVE being outside
and smelling the smells, hearing the sounds and feeling
the air. So bring on the SUMMER!
very fortunate that I can have a portable studio. And
now that the seasons have changed I get to paint
in the outside studio!
in celebration of the beginning of a fresh, new season...I
thought I'd take a moment and smile at the little things.
The smell of cut grass, the sound of song birds hunting
little bugs and things for their youngins, being able
to sit outside under the awning and watch the rain....ahhhhhh.
Thank you Spring!! I've missed you!
next time...enjoy your life! After all...we are the ones
Comments? Snide Remarks?
email rachel at racheldickson.com