Blessings sometimes show up in unrecognizable disguises.
After completing this painting and allowing the symbology to speak to me; It spoke loud and clear about this moment in time that we are living in.
We are in a GLOBAL Pandemic, a shared experience of being sequestered in our homes. We also have the shared experience of seeing each other via the internet, which ads a surreal element.
The blessings are many, we now recognize that we are all complicit in the climate/environmental crisis. We have time to share ideas about solving problems that previously we were too busy to consider, and we have come to value our family and friends in the light of not being able to be near or touch them.
Huge masses of lives lost and the need to protect ourselves from other humans with masks, gloves and social distancing.
What are the animals telling us? Do we need to listen more to them?
I also want to point out the extraordinary value of Whales. When they die and sink to the bottom of the ocean, they carry 33 tons of CO2 with them. We need to continue to solve the plastic waste problem and honor what part they play in keeping the planet clean.
This painting was one during the week leading up to Easter/Passover. However, the inspiration came from the order that we globally live under, to wash our hands, many times each day. A Pandemic has embraced the globe.
The significance of this, to me, is that if we would really like to have our prayers heard, now that we are under shelter-in-place, a cleansing is needed.
There is a veil of tears and water flowing over moving hands. Light pierces through the darkness and change begins.
We are still in this phase as I write this, it will end when the cleansing is completed. And remember, it’s not just our hands that need to be cleansed, which is a prerequisite to prayer, but our hearts, thoughts and words.
At the time I was painting this the fires were raging in Australia. Not only was habitat burning but endangered species as well. The koala bears caught to attention of wildlife lovers around the globe.
A video of a woman getting out of her car, taking off her shirt and then wrapping a burning Koala in it, dousing with water, and then driving the koala to the animal hospital, went viral.
An estimated billion animals were lost to this fire, not to mention reptiles, insects and those too numerous to name.
At the same time record high temperatures of 70 degrees were being reported in Antarctica, in February 2020!
So, Climate change is upon us and the sacrifice is visibly apparent.
As this state of the Earth’s climate crisis come towards us, we are experiencing it on a very deep psychological level. This painting illustrates the stark contrast of the power of fire and water. We as humans are complicit in our pollution of the oceans and in turn desertification of the land causing devastating fires. The losses of wildlife on land and sea are too many to count, and the pain of that is with us every day.
I am an optimist at heart! I know our collective will is making progress as we invent ways to correct the course we are on and there will be a bright new beginning. That of course won’t happen overnight with the wave of a wand.
Collectively we as humans can and will face this with our intelligence, creativity and will to live in Beauty for seven generations forward!
Inspiration for this painting has been the process of assimilating the information on the changing climate. Central to this is the long view from outer Space offering a simultaneous view
of the planet Earth and glacial Melting
All living things are in some way fertilized ripened or destroyed by some form of Fire. Whether a flame from
A candle, lightning or a forest burning, fire is integral to our lives.
So, what we are now experiencing is the climate has heated to a critical level that is melting the polar regions
And in turn threatening the life of everything on the planet as we know it.
The danger is thinking of this as an abstract issue rather than
a material problem that can inspire us to change.
I have spent many hours and days looking at this painting, and it speaks volumes to me about the core of this
Challenge that we have been given as humans.
I believe that Science, imagination and creativity can come forward
Paintings inspired by the USGS videos of the Kilauea volcanic eruptions on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Starting on May 3, 2018 the lava has been continuously flowing and to date has added 700 acres of land to the Island.
It is a powerful and beautiful thing to watch, as we are viewing the act of the earth creating land. It has been reported that this will be flowing for the next 60 years; this is heaven for the volcanologists that are studying this activity.
While painting these I was struck by not only the power but also the pure energy of this activity.
There has been a lot of property lost to the lava flow but no lives.
Summer has arrived, please take any opportunity to bask in it’s glory. Honor it’s presence. Smile, laugh out loud. This is a source of life and happiness that everyone, every animal and all creatures great and small can enjoy.
Does the sun ask itself,” Am I good? Am I worthwhile?
Is there enough of me?” No, it burns and shines.
Does the sun ask itself, “What does the moon think of me?”
“How does mars feel about me?” No, it burns, it shines.
Does the sun ask itself, “am I as big as suns in other galaxies?”
While traveling in the Galapagos Islands in 2001 I decided to scuba dive. As you know this archipelago is a volcanic formation, so while diving you are surrounded by lava rock as well as hammerhead sharks, turtles, not to mention an enormous array of fish. It is a very primitive ancient environment. It has a sense of being at the beginning of creation, untouched by humans.
After rising out of the ocean I had what I will refer to as a vision, for lack of a better word. The image in this post is a pastel drawing of that experience.
I’m posting it here because it looks so much like all of the aerial drone and helicopter shots of the lava flow that we are now seeing from the eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.
This was a strong visual experience without the aid of a camera; imagination at it’s best.
May you live in Interesting Times –Old Chinese Curse
On the cover of Orion magazine in 2012 was featured an amazing photograph by Tom Wolfe, this was the inspiration for this painting/photograph.
There are few words left to say about Climate Change, it’s in our faces every day.
Whether you are a believer or a denier doesn’t really matter, those are views of the human mind. What does matter is the physical reality of our planet and our bodies, which are embedded in the planet.
Let this image speak to you without further explanation.
Each and every one of us is both cause and solution, and each of us can make simple changes in our lives to turn this around. Something as obvious as what we eat, how we grow it and how we use the waste, has a great impact and can be done by all, no matter where we live, our culture or age.
In Paul Hawken’s new book, Drawdown, he addresses 100 things that can be done to reverse global warming.
And never forget the words of Bobby McFerrin (outlook is very important)