The moon like a pallid ember – my abstract sumi e here today, I see as Hope.
“The moon like a pallid ember began to go out in the banks of fog…”
– Antoine de Saint Exupéry “ Wind, Sand & Stars” 1855S
I see the moon as hope. It’s for us to not let hope go out of our hearts. Each time you believe that, and if you act on that, and if you share that, it helps to reinforce all things bright and beautiful against the threatening darkness of the times we are living in. There is unspeakable suffering in America, the land of the free. Find out how to free yourself and then you will be the moon, like Tara, the Bodhisattva of Buddha, who can light up not only your own heart but the hearts of others. We can overcome all that threatens our freedom.
expression of energy or Chi in a painting of “A Pallid Ember Like Hope”
The work I do is meditative. First I study something, often a poem or a few lines like from the book by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, “Wind, Sand & Stars“. I feel something in my body that moves me to paint the energy of the feeling. Then I sit with it quietly for awhile. After absorbing this expression, I like to think or bring into our everyday world a meaning I have drawn from the work. Even so, the work isn’t ever fully exhausted in one meaning.
Others of my paintings are found in previous blog posts, like on “Between Us”. There I talk about this Invisible world I have invited my heart to explore.
workshop coming June 19
Stay tuned for a small, intimate group workshop in sumi e work at Foothills Art Center in Golden on June 19, 2021. Info available soon.