In Honor of their passing one year ago today I am resending the image I created the day after their tragic accident taking the lives of many amazing Souls.
GIVE THEM A CHANCE
Give them a Chance to Light the Way,
Waken to a brand new Day.
Filled with Promise and a Grace,
We need to share upon this space.
This earth we love in soil we grow,
A common good we reap and sow.
Today sweet Liberty we see
In country we call brave and free.
My prayer is simple and yet true,
For everyone red white and blue.
Join hands and hearts and we will be
A place the world calls Harmony.
This piece was born in April 2020. I kept feeling so much unrest in the country and it concerned me. I was raised in Canada, yet have lived in the US since I was 16. I believe in the beauty and freedom we are privileged to experience every single day.
Home of the Brave and Land of the Free
I changed the image several times until this week and finally I felt like the image had it's story.
This country has nurtured and supported me for years. I am nestled in the most beautiful valley surrounded by vineyards and mountains. How Grateful I am to be an American and now I believe we must put our efforts into healing and uplifting each other and giving back to a country that is the best place to live.
Below are my process paintings of Martin Luther King Jr.
I started with the top image and thought the page needed Martin when he was a child. It felt too busy so I eliminated his face as a child and just left color around him. Something still felt off so I tried to go back to the original more silent piece with white and when I stepped back the white had formed doves all around Martin's face. I knew then the piece was complete!
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King Jr.
“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
by Jessel Miller
Martin, did you hear the call?
Here and now to stand up tall.
As a child did you understand?
The workings of the world so grand.
What made you take the path to see?
The worst and best humanity.
Believe in Good and God and more,
And hope we'd try another door.
To a place called Color Blind,
A land you searched for in your mind,
I stand beside you in my Soul.
Knowing there is one true goal.
To live in peace and harmony
On earth and air and in the sea.
Live Love your daily epitaph.
Live Love the only righteous path.
Live Love the kindest way to be.
Live Love and it will set you free.
I believe WE NEED to protect our young ones from the weary words and world we are living in right now and always...All Ways.
As we struggle through a hard time in History let us join hands and circle and protect our children and grandchildren.
LOVE IS THE ONLY ANSWER
Creatures are the Original Settlers on the land. They desire only to be respected and made precious in their silent quest for peace.
This week I honor all creatures, adding just a bit of humor and color to their coats. May these images bring a smile to your Face and tender thoughts to your Soul.
Animals have rights that we need to Honor. They cannot speak, yet their language is universal.
We know the sound of pain or fear or joy...we just have to listen.
All images below were completed this past week. I started some of them months ago, and let them gestate until the paper spoke to me and guided me to the final images.
Below you can see the Piggly Wiggly and how it started, as well as the Monkey Moments first incarnation that changed direction and image. The original images are available as prints and products at Jessel Miller Products
Animals know but never tell.
Animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language and tell stories. Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains asleep.
Piggly Wiggly started as a hippo. I added the word vulnerable because research said these creatures are becoming extinct. I painted over this image and did the pig instead yet feel I need to do a Hippo at another time.
I look up to the Children because they are closer to the truth in their innocent arrival on the planet.
Without knowing the world when they are born, they simply reflect their surroundings and return the energy they feel from the purity of their clear, naive Souls.
They begin as light and grace us with their Unconditional Love. They gradually develop and weave a tapestry of life experiences into their very being.
This painting represents the Universal Child coming into one's own and standing strong in the very core of one's being. It began as the abstract below and with very few strokes became Global Citizen.
This beam of light looking upward struck the very depths of my soul. A Modern Day Woman devoting her life to sharing her inner and outer wealth.
Like the Statue of Liberty she stands as a symbol of Unconditional Love and Devotion to Others.
Charity is the act of giving help to those in need of it. It is a humanitarian act. It involves giving money, goods or time and effort to those who need it.
It is done without expecting something in return
We support the local food bank supplying all the extra eggs from our farm.
Napa Food Bank .
Just recently I became aware of another organization needing our help called
Feed the Children
I believe putting a face to hunger is the best way to align with the greater good and help us open our hearts and pocket books in support of these brilliant causes.
So today as we enjoy our Thanks Giving Meals and Moments know that your kind generosity will put a meal on the table of our Neighbors in Need.
A portion of the proceeds of sales of PRODUCT of this image go to the both causes mentioned.
Napa Valley Food Bank: Our Mission Statement
We assist people to become (or remain) self-sufficient by lessening the stress of meeting their basic needs. We provide food to low-income families, individuals, seniors and to other organizations serving the poor. We have four different programs - Emergency food pantries located in Napa, Calistoga, St. Helena, Lake Berryessa, Angwin and American Canyon. The Natural Source is a culinary and community garden project. The Senior Brown Bag enables seniors over the age of 60 to remain independent by giving them a "brown bag" with 10-14 food items twice a month. USDA Surplus Food allows the food bank to administer 6-8 nonperishable food staples to low-income Napa residents once per month at 9 locations. On Fridays we give out any surplus food items so they do not go to waste due to our fairly small warehouse space. There is no eligibility requirement for this "give-away". Customarily there are 12-14 items, including perishable items such as dairy or produce that won't last for distribution the following week.
Feed the Children: Our Mission Statement
Feeding Hungry Children exists to end childhood hunger. Around the world, we provide nourishing meals every day to hungry children. We believe that everyone can work together to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. When friends like you partner with us, we can meet the urgent physical needs of children by providing food, taking action in communities worldwide and creating long-term solutions for clean water, medical care and education. Join us now!
I ask myself each day if there is a message I need to convey in my work.
Originally this image was titled Butterfly Spirit. I could not seem to find the right direction until after seeing a program about the First Responders, Nurses, Doctors and Hospital Staff. The piece I had started a week ago then made sense. A nurse in the story I watched was pleading to all of us to PLEASE WEAR A MASK and take this virus SERIOUSLY.
The title changed as the piece developed and suddenly spirits spoke and the Butterfly face was gently covered in a mask.
I feel that the Butterfly represents the spirit of these souls who dedicate their lives to saving others and bringing peace through their presence. They flutter from person to person and their energy touches each patient with devotion and love.
Can you imagine the personal toll this virus is taking on our first line of defense, the caregivers? PTSD seems like the path they will walk when this virus is under control. I pray we provide the same dedication of care to all the precious souls who have committed their lives to saving others.
THIS IS A WAR and our Saving Soldiers Need our help.
TO ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS...those living and those who have passed because of their dedication to healing this Pandemic...
BLESS YOU and THANK YOU for your SERVICE
All the proceeds of sales of any product with this image will go to supporting our First Responders.
PLEASE WEAR A MASK and Social Distance and Reach Out to loved ones on THANKS GIVING by zooming or calling.
HAVE A SAFE and Joy Filled Thanks Giving and know I send you all my Love.
A message came on October 22, 2020.
The voice that came to me in the middle of the night said " Paint Biden as Moses"
If you have been following my work since December 2019, voices have led me to this place I go to and I simply do the work.
We are not 2 sides in this country. We are a powerful, respected nation of individuals able to come together for the greater good. And so I present a piece I call Biden...Believe in Dreams Every Night. The spirits said it is time to get back to caring for each other and spreading seeds of LOVE in the Garden of Life.
No matter what you believe in, I believe we need to heal this country from the wounds of divisiveness, acrimony, disagreement, discord, disruptiveness and return to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
The Words on the Tablet He Carries have not been written yet, if I were to guess
they would read: HONESTY, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY, FORGIVENESS, DEVOTION, DEDICATION, FREEDOM
And most of all LOVE