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a visual expression of gratitude

May 31, 2009

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There was a moment a week or so after my mother died in which I realized how much love is around me. It was shocking, not because it was surprising, but because it was so obvious, because it was marked, distinct. It was palpable. It was nameable. I felt safe and secure and honored in the midst of a confusing grief. Pathetically, I’m still mulling over thank you “notes.” I’m terrible with words (or maybe there are no words). But today, I participated in the final expressive arts training of the year. Painting via the accidental/intuitive way we work in the studio I created two pieces simultaneously, and they fed into each other. I named one “Woman grieving.” I named its partner (shown above) “Public Display of Affection.” It is more than an expression of the abundance of friendship and caring that surrounds me: it is the noticing of that abundance.

I completed a free write after painting. I used words like “celebrate” and “parade.” I wrote, “Isn’t this world the most alive it’s ever been?” I wrote about love: “It swells up around you, a crowd gathering, a festival building.” It still falls short. Even the exuberance I can feel in the painting falls short, but thank you. All of you. I’m grateful.

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6 Comments
  1. June 1, 2009 7:25 am

    I love this painting…….it’s like watchful caring eyes, or circles holding you…….beautiful.

  2. June 1, 2009 11:09 pm

    It’s a beautiful painting, full of life.

  3. June 2, 2009 10:16 am

    I also love this painting — it’s movement and depth are truly wonderful.

  4. Michelle permalink
    June 2, 2009 1:02 pm

    You are such an amazing woman.

    The painting is so vibrant, just like you.

    (If there’s a festival happening, I’m there with bells on!)

  5. June 2, 2009 2:56 pm

    glad you can feel the energy. you’re part of it already!!!

  6. June 3, 2009 6:17 pm

    This is amazing. So full of energy and life.

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