Wisdom of the Elders
Each piece I complete in this new body of work, takes me to a place in the world I have not had the good fortune to visit.
Japanese Dream came out of an abstraction that had movement and strokes that felt like Japanese symbols. (See the start of the piece and the symbols)
After sharing the image with a friend, I felt that the face overlooking the piece was of a young woman strong and powerful, being guided by the quiet elder below her.
The elder is holding a picture of her past in a world long ago and the interesting part of this vision is that I feel the elder is teaching the headstrong young woman the ways of her world: Respect, Honor, Kindness and Honesty.
When the painting was completed, I searched the Japanese symbols to see which one aligned with my original abstract, and the symbol for "Learn" was clear to me..
We all are learning so much these days as we go through all the emotions we humans are experiencing right now. This painting takes me to a place surrounded by my elders and comforts me in knowing they are still out there teaching me lessons.
"Have faith" said my Aunties who loved me so much. "Find the humor in something," my Uncles would say as they laughed and played with me.
"Be Brave and be Creative," my Mother would whisper since she was one of the most powerful lights in my life and "Take care of others," my Father the Doctor commanded in his devoted direction in life.
So for me this painting represents the Wisdom of the Elders and how we can learn by simply listening to them in our minds eye.
Stream of Consciousness