It felt so good to be matting and framing a painting again this week - albeit, it's not really "new" and not my usual work per se. But it is a painting I made for my mother. I'm really glad that she has some work from me that wasn't made when I was 5 years old. And it's kind of funny, how in spite of all the art I am constantly making or planning to make, that so few have been dedicated to loved ones. And I do think it is so important for artists to make work for those they love. I imagine very different emotions channel into the work in those very specific circumstances.
Anyways, she always wanted me to "paint flowers" and so, here is Gardenias.
Been thinking a lot about whether or not "fear" is such a bad thing in a universe that conducts balance in all things - this being the balance between fear and love. And then I came across this jewel of a quote, which is probably better explained by this quote: "Our charges and hot buttons are the promise that we'll create the relationships that show us which fear is asking to be healed." I think that's amazing. That we need to look for the fear in ourselves in order to unearth the blueprint to our betterment. Fear is so important. Tendencies of fear are literally the markers for potential progress and betterment of ourselves, staring us in the face. We need not blame others for things that "keep going wrong," or even look to others for the answers. They're all in the mirror. The problem, the means to recognize the problem and the tools to fix it. I find such hope in this!
Noelle Raffaele - artist