Happy nearly mid-summer to you! How is yours coming along so far? Mine has been dedicated to completing a new body of work, a series of paintings concentrated on the element of water. You most likely know that water comprises over 70% of our bodies and about 70% of our planet Earths’ surface. The oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water and water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers. Did you know that the proportions of salt to fresh water on the planet are the same as in the body, the fresh water being in the in spine? Wow!
My passion for water is many layered. Firstly, water “in-spirits” me, inspires me to create, to feel, to allow my spirit to BE. Growing up near the ocean and the fact that seashores have always (and will always) be a very healing, cooling and nourishing place for me to simply BE. During the past few months, I have been inspired to engage with the waters of life in any way that I can. For example, long essential oil and salt infused baths, swimming in the ocean lots, sitting on the sea shore, hydrating the body with more and more pure water and feeling the inner waters of e-motions.
Through my daily practices revolving around water, old layers of sadness have emerged to be made love to and let go of… Embracing fluidity and stillness in my life process, resting in vulnerability and surrender allowing old thought/feeling patterns to bubble up and dissolve… This life process is vital to go through for me vs. the avoid-dance, catalyzing catharsis to create (in this case) my art from a place of authenticity and true beauty.
And, honestly, from what I have learned from being a lifelong artist and student, moving through the layers of the shadow and the strata of the defense structure, are what make great art. Even if it’s not “pretty”, it’s a beautiful and necessary process. I was challenged lately by one of my teachers Cass to face my pain, anger, sadness and other “ugly” shadow stuff, especially if I call myself a “transformative” artist. Amen, he called it! No steps can be skipped and this is the journey that I have accepted that I am on. He encouraged me to look at my favorite artists’ (all mediums) and their work for evidence of this fact. Vero vero. Gratefully, I accepted this challenge as my aim is to be extraordinary and real in my expression of my Gifts in our world, similar to my favorite artists. 🙂
Courage, I embrace the waters with courage. Nourishing from the source of life, our waters both inside and out.
In love, gratitude and beauty…
Personally Experienced and Recommended Resources
Cass Phelps is an amazing individual and his inspired body of work and offerings have been a
phenomenal resource for me! His work is comprehensive, relevant and rich…I am eternally indebted to my teacher Cass.
The Work and World of Dr. Masaru Emoto
Masaru Emoto has studied water for over twenty years. Water has been Dr. Masaru Emoto’s passion. He has studied water around the planet form the perspective of an original thinker, and is the author of a number of bestselling books, a three-volume photo collection of beautiful water crystals, and now two children’s books about water. These books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.
The Water Cure with Dr. F. Batmanghelidj
Love his books!
Did you know?
Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body. Your muscles that move your body are 75% water; your blood that transport nutrients is 82% water; your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water; your brain that is the control center of your body is 76% water; even your bones are 25% water.
Our health is truly dependent on the quality and quantity of the water we drink.
FindaSpring.com is a community and user created database of natural springs around the world. Spring water is the cleanest, healthiest, most natural water. Now is the time to reclaim our water!
This latest documentary film by Michael Apted (7Up series, Gorillas in the Mist, Nell) explores the creative process through candid discussion with seven artists from diverse media. (note: Chihuly loves water too, it’s fuel for his creative expression!)
“About 70 percent of our bodies are water. This is the case for adults of all races, and it is why people should not be divided by political strategies and ideologies. Just like water, people must always be allowed to flow freely.”
~Dr. Masaru Emoto