With everything going on in the World…The Serenity Prayer is as timely as it ever was. Breath…
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We often think of “peace” as a calm environment and gentle thoughts, but I believe it can also be a strong vibrant energy. I feel the most peaceful at the beach with the churning waves, rushing currents, seagulls calling and children playing. I am completely calm and relaxed there, but the scene is so very vivid and kinetic.
I have a friend that finds total peace by taking long drives at night. His stressful thoughts evaporate into the distant lights and the darkness comforts him. The gentle hum of his engine and the passing cars are relaxing.
Where do you find your Peace?
Introducing my latest piece from my Transforming Energy series. “Vivid Peace”, like all of the work in this set, has been transformed from a previous painting into an entirely new piece of art. Enjoy!
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I have a lot of artwork stored in my computer. I’ve listed some pieces, only to take them down later due to lack of interest. But what I have found is that I can continue to work with a piece at a later date to create something entirely new and fresh that DOES get a lot of attention! This is a very new process for me. In the past, when I was done, I was done. I never went back to an old piece to rework it. I think that the digital age has really helped me over this hump. Out with the old and in with the new!
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I am not an alcoholic. In fact, I rarely drink and when I do I am such a lightweight it is laughable. A half a glass of wine and I am good. However, I have done a 12 step program. I am a recovered Bulimic. Bulimia is a form of food addiction. I have not binged/purged in over 20 years. It was a long and difficult journey and I got some professional help too.
These days I have a very healthy outlook on food and even at Thanksgiving keep my portions to what is right for my body. I no longer crave the physical pain of overeating to mask the emotional pain from childhood abuse. When I feel hurt, I grab a paint brush instead of a cookie. I am healed.
The Serenity Prayer was a big part of my recovery and I still repeat it in my head whenever I am feeling stressed. It is a very calming mantra.
For all of those who have dealt with addictions and have overcome, I solute you! For those who are still struggling, I dedicate this piece to you. May you also find the peace, courage and wisdom you need….
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Sometimes you have to take a new look at an old piece and see a better way to present it. This one has languished in my portfolio long enough. It was good, but not great. I took this photograph a few years ago while on vacation with my husband in Sarasota, Florida. It was high tourist season and the beaches were filled with screaming children, lobster people and old folks slathered in sunscreen. As we walked the shore after dinner, there was this one magic moment. A little girl playing in the sand all alone. She was not playing with any of the other children nearby. Mom and Dad watched from a safe distance and it just struck me that she looked so happy. Completely oblivious to her surroundings…totally absorbed in the pleasure of the beach sand….she had “Perfect Company”.
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