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I Can. I Will. Renaming A Figurative Painting from Heartfulness

Last week I shared insights on seeing Sumi e abstract art works from heart and soul. This week I want to make a crossover to one of my favorite figurative paintings.

a farm woman of the depression era looks towards the Eastern Star for hope in a blue oil painting

“I Can. I Will.” Oil Painting by Marilyn Wells, 72″ x 60″

I had in the past named this painting (on  -look in the Gallery “Just For Art Collectors”) simply “Eastern Star”. True, it is that, but not a very heartful title, I realized!

Below is the process that led me to renaming this painting. I discussed it last week in the blog post on doing this with my sumi e paintings, a process I will include in teaching my workshops going forwards.

how to use this image to take a reflective or meditative journey yourself

Here’s how. Look deeply at the painting. Now go into your own heart, listening as you gaze at the painting for a few moments. Sit quietly a few moments with the painting, listening. Where does this image resonate in your own experience? What comes up for you? What is this image about now for you? Does it bring a new meaning?

If you like, change the title of the painting to your own title, to make it yours, to honor your own experience here. Write something down in your journal or on anything you have. You may be surprised how it comes back to you even later with deeper meaning and satisfying insight.

We each have a deep reservoir or untapped wisdom within us. “…if we go inwards, we can oftentimes see more clearly what is on the outside of our life…see far below the surface of life.”  When you connect this inner seeing with your outer seeing, your world takes on a different meaning for you.”**

What would you name this painting? I’d love to hear your comments.

reminder of upcoming workshops — find your heart and soul in sumi e brushwork

October 12, Foothills Art Center, filling up fast, and we’re trying to keep the enrollment down to 15!

November 30, Mayu Meditation Sanctuary, being scheduled soon.

**Joyce Rupp, “The Star in My Heart”

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