I've finally finished the third image in the emerging series of "women-feeling-the-world".
As with the second one, I only took one photo of the work in progress. This photo is of the painted canvas that had sat around for months.
I had done this background with the intentions of a very soft, flowing energy. I liked (and still do), the movement of the piece...the gentle colors and flow. However, as much as there was movement, it felt quite random.
I went through several layers of softening and re-drawing the spiraling energy of the background before adding the final figure. I'd known before starting what she'd be doing....and that this particular canvas just called for her to sit within in.
The final image:
Remembering Calm, 12" x 12", acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
All around, noise.
Noises that seem to enfold within themselves, noises that
become indistinguishable from one another.
Noise in the household, on the street, the children yelling,
the phone occasionally buzzing,
the hum of the computer screen.
Noise in her head, the to-do list, the
the thoughts pulled by the aches in her body,
the wondering - did I reply to that email?
I need to go reply....
And within the noise, she is.
She closes her eyes,
feels her breath on the tip
of her nose.
She does not fight the noise, rather,
enters a dance and lets it
flow through her.
No attachment, no aversions.
She begins to sway
with the beats of these sounds
finding a peaceful
And when she reopens her eyes
and re-enters the world
where she creates new noises
and responds to other noises
She remembers the calm,
within the noise.