“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered. The point is, to discover them.”– Galileo Galilei
A few months ago I found myself without the inspiration to create art. This was very uncomfortable. Days passed. Then a few weeks. Where had my creativity gone? Was it gone forever? On a morning walk I was captured by the beauty of a cactus flower.
“There is no try, only do.”– Yoda
I didn’t feel like painting. I had a lot on my mind that I wanted to understand. But, I could try. One petal on the first day, placed in a wide open space. The next day I painted one more, and then two. Creativity returned in baby steps.
Each petal became a step in processing a lot of experiences that occurred over the last year. It was methodical and slow. After a few weeks the flower was finished. I added the sky. Now it was a bright flower suspended in infinity. I let it be for a while. Open. Cheerful, ready. I was ready too.
I included the cactus because it represented the mystery of some experiences (in my perspective). Or not yet understanding them fully. Nature provided the inspiration that a difficulty can also produce beautiful results, like the flower or a greater truth. I observed the lovebirds that happily choose the cactus as their home, prickles and all, and I added one to the painting. I thought to myself how beautiful and unpredictable life is.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.– Buddha
Difficulties can produce awareness and wisdom if we chose to look deeper and find the truth waiting to be revealed. Maybe that is exactly what they are meant to do. This requires a quiet mind, and the practice of maintaining it. If we can get beyond reacting to how something “appears” and ask to know the big, big picture and the deeper understanding, we will see it. And we also find a renewed wonder, gratitude, and peace.
“Every wall is a door.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
And THAT is the story behind this painting. – Peace, and thank you.