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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Roots


"Painting does not inhabit a limited compartment of life, but thrusts its roots and branches into the deepest parts of us, transforming our ways of being."          Michele Cassou

Growing New Roots

Oh, how good it felt to paint these roots. 

I had no idea what this tree would become when i picked up my paintbrush.  I had no idea that it was really the roots that wanted to be painted. 

It just kind of happened.  A few appeared & then a few more and a few more.  With the appearance of each root, I felt myself become a little more grounded, a little more connected, a little less anxious--a little more calm, a little more of who i really am

I really am getting that it's so not about "good" & "bad."  It's about my connection with my process.  It's about the release & healing that happens when i express little bits of me. 

And because i'm having a tough time putting this into words, i'll leave you with the words of Michele Cassou (from her amazing book, Life, Paint & Passion):  

"You do not use art as a means to an end but as a way to inhabit and explore the present.  Right and wrong fade away; you recover your sense of what is authentic in you.  The next expanse of nothingness, with its latent possibilities, awaits you, draws you close.  Your art is part of the big painting of your life.  You are on your own, standing by yourself in the middle of creation.  In the beauty of that aloneness, and in how you respond to it, you will find your passion."  Michele Cassou

6 comments :

  1. "I really am getting that it's so not about "good" & "bad." It's about my connection with my process. It's about the release & healing that happens when i express little bits of me."

    Julia, this hit me like lightening with regards to what is happening in my life right now! Thank you dear friend for writing this.

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  2. Julia, love this painting!

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  3. this is a beautiful take on a tree...pink is perfect..i am stopping by from flying lessons...so glad to connect...

    blessings,
    rebecca

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  5. I gasped when I saw this. The pink is so vibrant it is singing.

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