This is a re-work of an old painting that was anxiously hanging around my studio waiting to be euthanized so that the frame could be re-used. This morning, after a long meditation, I got up and in the early morning light coming through the curtains I saw some possibility in it again.
I repainted the sky and middle ground in different colors and also added some slight color variation in the foreground and reflections. I am quite happy with it, I wish I could eliminate the glare from the photo.
Today on a trip to the art store to buy some canvas, I saw a hardbound copy of Juliette Aristides’ beautiful, instructive and inspiring book: Lessons in Classical Painting. I bought it on the spot. In the introduction, I came across the following paragraph:
There is a correlation between the act of seeing, the arts (in every form), and a life worth living. Interestingly, the same habits and skills required to become an artist are also needed to become a fully realized person. “Everyone is born with a mind,” writes William Deresiewicz, “but it is only through introspection, observation, connecting the head and the heart, making meaning of experience, and finding an organizing purpose that you build a unique individual self.”
At the head of the prologue, Aristides quotes part of a Rumi poem. I looked it up and found the entire poem on Rumi Days. The poem is titled “Unfold Your Own Myth”. Here are the last three verses:
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