"Wings of Her Own"
acrylic, collage and wax pastel
on 12" x 12" wrapped canvas
Here, finally, is the companion painting to "Rising Above", which I painted over one of the landscape paintings I no longer loved. Together they tell the story of a tumultuous little journey I've been on the last few months.
"Rising Above" and "Wings of Her Own"
After getting myself sidetracked for several months, I'm finally back on track again now. Back on my own personal unique path. To keep me focused better from now on, I'm seeking out as much positive energy as I can, turning my back on the negative as much as possible. That can be such a challenge, can't it? But I'm determined, because I see how much better I feel when I rise above the negativity that's all around us.
I've been struggling with finding the right words for this short little post, even though I've written several eloquent versions of it in my head over the past few days. Then, this morning I was looking at Tumblr and found the perfect words.
"Look at every path closely and deliberately.
Try it as many times as you think necessary.
Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. . .
Does this path have a heart?
If it does, the path is good;
if it doesn't it is of no use.
Both paths lead nowhere;
but one has a heart,
the other doesn't.
One makes a joyful journey;
as long as you follow it, you are one with it.
the other will make you curse your life.
One makes you strong;
the other weakens you."
~ don Juan to Carlos Castaneda,
The Teachings of don Juan
I found it on my friend Lynne Hoppe's Tumblr, where I always find so much wonderful inspiration. You can see for yourself here: http://lynnehoppe.tumblr.com/, if you haven't already taken a look at it.
I'm focusing on family for the next few weeks, so I'll wish everyone "Happy Holidays" now already. Whatever you celebrate during this special season, I hope it fills your heart with love and happiness!