This painting, The White Craw Bringing Peace, has been on the go in my studio for most of the year, started in February. However the title only came at the end. I know a painting is done when a title unexpectedly arrives.
This painting has gone through many stages.
Many times I liked it and thought it could be finished, but paintings have a kind of restlessness until they are really done. They are a journey and this painting took me on a long one.
When the white craw appeared at the top of the painting I felt the painting not only hung together but had a narrative. Many smaller birds have come and gone in the layers of paint. The challenge with this intuitive way of painting aka not knowing where you are going, is that one has to sacrifice a lot of passages of paint along the way but it builds a richness and depth to the surface.
In many ways The White Craw Bringing Peace is about our thinking – the choices we make daily/hourly/minute by minute, second by second. Choices about how we respond, what we say and what is going on it our minds. Are we thinking freedom, positivity, love, peace and trust etc or negativity, judgement, anger, war and fear.
Are we listening to our intuition and our highest self?
As Einstein said ‘the most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile Universe.’
Thinking creates reality! It’s up to us as individuals to find peace. Inner peace ripples loving energy out into the world to help us all be more harmonious and caring to our beautiful planet. One thought at a time, one person at a time. We can change the world!
When the crystal ball appeared in the painting I realised there was a narrative trying to come through, but I wasn’t sure what it was. The pot is as though our body and symbolising earth and the birds thoughts both dark and light – the most expansive bird, the white craw, bringing peace.
I finished this in a freezing cold studio (it had gone down to minus 7 or 8, which of course is the perfect weather to go out and paint, not!) By the evening I had a chill and now a throaty cold. Silly me!
However, yesterday, despite feeling under the weather, something sent me into the studio, only to find a pipe had burst. If the white craw represents a higher power, spirit, intuition… then the white craw whispered into my ear to go into the studio. I could easily not have noticed the burst pipe for a day or two. Luckily the pipe had only just started to spout water as the temperature had only just gone up and so, fingers crossed, there’s no major damage to the floor and no damaged artwork, thank goodness.
It’s never boring!
It’s definitely useful having a blog as a place to gather photos taken over several months in one place and remember the process.
Thanks for reading.