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Monday, April 9, 2012

Dreaming in Long Ears and Strong Feet

Today I feel small and quiet and choked up on words, so I'll spill them into a journal and let time decipher.  I hope you don't mind.  It's a gray day here; even the redwoods feel introspective.  I'm chewing slowly over a beautiful experience I had last night in the woods, a flit of rust, a flash of emerald and hummingbird wingtips running across my jaw.
"Live out your joy in this moment."
That's a lot to think about.

So while I amble along in my own head, I thought I'd share a couple newly finished pieces with you.
Ready?
(Untitled)
(Untitled)
(8" x 8"  Oil on Canvas)

Last night I lighted two candles and finished this piece.  It's a blending of past and present, a methodical attempt to understand the new, a seeking of direction and of course, a self-portrait.  This one will require much writing and studying on my part, keeping the dialogue between mind and oil open.

True Center Ring - Breaking Limitations

True Center Ring: Breaking Limitations
(sterling silver, turquoise)

We have so much to learn, so far to go, but I tell you this: there is no label strong enough to hold you down, there is no box great enough to constrain your spirit.

I'm far, far from arriving at my own true center, but this journey is right where I want to be.  I made this ring last week; sawed, filed, created a relief, imprinted a sheet, soldered, polished and patinated her with a one-hundred percent intent of keeping her for myself.  But all weekend I've had this little knot bugging me, telling me she actually belongs to someone else.  I tried to ignore it, but I know better: art will find a way to arrive to the exact person who needs to see it.
(If she calls your name, you can find her in the shop)

Namasté my friends!
Be well in your souls!
~ Umber ~

5 comments:

MrsLittleJeans said...

Bunnies bunnies...aren't they the cutest animals (of course after cats and dogs and hummingbirds)? Love them! You gave me an idea, throw the words out on the paper and let them decipher themselves... lately I feel my sentences and my thoughts cannot get together to form a proper paragraph. I am glad you are enjoying the sunlessness now...I could not deal with it...we are sunny but only for today and part of tomorrow. xx

Cat said...

gorgeous
all of it gorgeous

you may feel small my friend but your thoughts are big
we never fully arrive
it is in the journey where we find ourselves
that is the gift

be content my friend
be content

love and light

lynsey said...

And you Umber x

UmberDove said...

MLJ - Do you recognize those leaves? They're world travelers...

Cat - It IS the journey, isn't it? xox!

Lynsey - :)

Candace Morris said...

The first oil in a while. I feel its sacred birth.