Monday, September 17, 2007

seeking direction

I've been playing around with ideas about direction since before we hung the show last week. While noodling about on Friday I painted this small panel (6" x 8"), scanned it and posted it on Flickr. Caroline, who used to blog but mostly just Flickrs now, and is a woman of rare wisdom, saw the painting and had the following exchange with me:

Caro's Lines says:
Feels full of hidden meanings - and I love the electric of the red and green.


didrooglie says:
Is the cypress symbolic of anything?

Caro's Lines says:
Depends which cypress you were working with. Greenman trees say this about their Lawson cypress energies: 38. Lawson Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsonia) - "the Path" helps identify correct action and one's true needs. Initiates change in the right direction. Increased communication between mind and body. Discipline to attain one's goals and spiritual direction. How's that for hidden meaning?

didrooglie says:
That's fantastic because it's so true! I did this little painting simply to put brush to canvas (panel in this case) while I research/ponder/consider my next direction. Thank you!

Then, while doing something as mundane as vacuuming this morning, everything fell into place. I have purpose again! I love this kind of synchronicity and it seems to be testament to the idea that working, even without direction, will pave the way for finding that direction. I love that.

18 Comments:

Blogger Angela Rockett said...

Wow. Great painting, and great hidden meaning. I am in awe.

17/9/07 1:27 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

oh, i love when things fall into place while doing things like cleaning or driving or showering. you'd think that would motivate me to vacuum more! :-)

that's really cool about the meaning of the cypress!

17/9/07 1:49 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Hooray! Love it when that happens. I think so much of this is all about being prepared (by continuing to work on our stuff and pushing 'forward' even when we don't know where *that* is) and then *open* to what then presents itself!

This whole journey thing really is amazing. We end up in such interesting, unimagined places....

17/9/07 11:53 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

I haven't been around for a while, but it's great to catch up with what your doing ... as FAB as ever! Love the pictures of your exhibition.

18/9/07 1:25 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Just when I think I am the only one trying to find a voice, direction, what am I suppose to do kind of feeling I find there are others experiencing the same thing. We are not alone and what would we do without internet. :)
I would like to know what made you ask Caroline about the cypress trees?
Did they have meaning for you from the start?

18/9/07 4:22 AM  
Blogger susan said...

in that case dear, would you come and vacuum for me today? lol!
but i hear ya. it's the doing. if you are not doing, you can't really think about it forever. just do it. helps me at least. and i have a basement filled with bad paintings to prove it.

18/9/07 5:19 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

And thus the vacuum cleaner brought on the wind of change!

18/9/07 5:40 AM  
Blogger kj said...

"I have purpose again"

don't you just love it when that happens?

unfortunately, i can't let a vacuum cleaner guide me. maybe the dishwasher, even the washing machine, but vacuum cleaners have been historically mean to me.

18/9/07 9:08 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Angela & Peter: Thanks!

Leah: The meaning thing just was so surprising I had to comment on it.

Tara: I think you're right: the actual work process opens the channels for faster connection.

Toni: More synchronicities! As for the cypress, I would never have thought of asking Caroline if she hadn't mentioned the feeling of hidden meanings. I knew asking her would deliver answers of some kind, though, because she studies these things.

Susan: You and me both! (Though I'm more prone to ritualistic sacrifice of my lousy work. :)

Cream: These everyday objects that have some weird symbolic quality -- yeesh!

18/9/07 9:18 AM  
Blogger HMBT said...

Love the work and the story. Go on with your Bad self!

19/9/07 3:05 AM  
Blogger daisies said...

yay!! :) how absolutely wonderful!! xox

19/9/07 11:01 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

My heartfelt good wishes for the path ahead!

19/9/07 1:39 PM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

Love the painting and love the fact that the muse is working for you, my talented and valued friend.
Meanwhile, please check my blog because I gave you an award.

19/9/07 2:12 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

I am contemplating an extensive vacuuming session. Can I leave the filter in?

20/9/07 7:19 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Synchronicities feel like magic too me. I wish I could live on a daily diet of synchronicity.

I'm so glad to hear that you feel like you have a purpose again...

20/9/07 5:50 PM  
Blogger Bibi said...

Hi Andrea, catching up ... been buried!! (You know that feeling I know.)

Really interesting to learn the meaning in the cypress leaves. I like the painting a lot ... to me it looks like renewal. Which I guess is along the lines of re-connecting with your purpose.

21/9/07 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Beki said...

I love this painting. I wish i could write a book and it could be the cover!

26/9/07 11:00 AM  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

I like the way this painting has lots of open space or openings, room for your new ideas.

26/9/07 10:10 PM  

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