Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Flying Girl in Stormy Skies, or Breathe

Flying Girl in Stormy Skies, or Breathe
Golden Fluid Acrylic

I really try to practice this. Man, life is bumpy sometimes. And sometimes, there's nothing really wrong going on, but it just gets you anyway. Sometimes you get all caught up inside and twisted around and tense and every bit of energy in the world is trapped inside you and you are left just BUZZING.

That's when I try to remember to breathe.

Just in, just out.

It's surprising how just breathing can help to calm you so you can move forward.

It's surprising how just breathing can release the pent up energy into the world, leaving you calmer, if just for the moment.

This is my second painting in a row with gray skies and a cityscape. Rough times? Well, just your general, you know, state of the world. And a couple of prompts that made me think along these lines. This one came from Jess Gonacha. She asks what we want to let go of and what we want to replace it with. so here's my list.

LET GO OF: impatience with myself, control over everything, my imperfection, S's imperfection, anger and resentment, fears of success, fears of failure, perfectionism, the need to do everything NOW NOW NOW, and working all the time.

LEAVE ROOM FOR: abundance, success, peace, enjoying daily living, playing with my kids, music, experimentation, doing grown up stuff like going out, my novel, faith that I am on the right path.

And yeah, what do I do when I need to let go of the tension or the fears or the past? Release. Breathe out.

Leave some lung space for the good air to come in.

oh yeah, prints are here. And my first original drawing is in the shop, too. Look for more to come.


ConverseMomma said...

It looks like her breath is melting the city into something soft landing. I love that.

Unknown said...

ok, can i just lamentably say that I want Flying Girl's wardrobe?? Seriously!

kazumiwannabe said...

I had not seen your blog for some time, and I feel that your flying girl has really been spreading her wings! love your recent work, it's beautiful, full of poetry, and you seem to be gaining assurance and that's great!

septembermom said...

You come up with so many innovative ways to portray Flying Girl. I have to get over to your Etsy shop. So many great ones to choose! I need to slow down and just breathe some days. Too much stress at times.

Meg Brothers said...

Wow, she's absolutely beautiful. Her reminder to breathe came at just the right time for me. Thanks.

Rowena said...

I don't know about you guys, but sometimes I need the reminder to breathe on a daily... hourly... minute-ly (?) basis.

This is supposed to be an unconscious function, but it sure is easy to forget.

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