" A story is a medicine that greases and hoists the pulleys, shows us the way out, down, in and around, cuts for us fine wide doors in previously blank walls, doors which lead us to our own knowing." ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Celebrating the Magic in You - Telling Your Stories
"Birthing New Dreams", Encaustic Mixed Media, 10 x 10, 2010
We tell each other stories, of our lives, the joys, the comical moments, the heartaches, our dreams and our challenges. This art of story telling often starts when we are little.
I see this in my little girl's life, as I watch her grow, I am reminded vividly of my own memories. I hear how during a sleep over with another little girl friend, they giggle well into the nite..Until one of them drifts off to sleep. The giggles are a result, I am sure of stories they tell each other, of something big or of something nothing at all but frivolous fun. This is how we grow, encouraging each other to sit, walk, and laugh with each other telling our stories about our lives, our loves, our discoveries, challenges, heartaches and dreams.
As Sark said in her wonderful book " "Succulent Wild Woman - Dancing With Your Wonder-Full Self", " Stories are our way to illuminate the path and find common ground. Our illusions of separation disappear when we hear stories of another's struggles or discoveries. We hear ourselves say, " I can relate to that! ... The tiniest story in your life can deeply touch another. You cannot know the effect your story might have. Please let your stories be heard."
This excerpt from Sark's book reminds be about connection with friends. And it also encourages me to keep going on with my artwork, telling stories within the paintings. I hope it encourages you too to find ways to tell your story, within your lives, in whatever way you find that works for you.
I wanted to take the time to thank all those that came to my solo exhibit at Whitestone Gallery, "Waxing & Waning". The show is still on for another week until November 26th, 80 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON. Gallery hours are Friday to Sat. 11- 5 and Sunday 12 - 4.
Some other wonderful things taking place that I would like to invite you too are:
My own open studio days during December, Sat. Dec. 4th, 11th and 18th from 10- 4 my studio will be open to you for some time to celebrate the season with art work for sale and show. I would love to see you and share some festive cider, treats and 'stories'. The Harris Collective in the Elora Centre for the Arts is also having their holiday art show and sale starting weekend of December 4th and 5th. The Whitestone Gallery is having their $100 and Under sale, where 14 artists will be selling their work, so a nice variety to choose from. And the UpTown Gallery, in Waterloo is currently having their Art Works - Small Works show.
There is a lot to enjoy and take in. I look forward to sharing more of my art work with you, with each piece, there is a story.
"Flower Fields 5", 7 x 7 , 2010 Encaustic Mixed Media