Passions of an Odd Chick

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

No poverty of spirit, no poor indifferent places

Mixed media 8x8 wrapped canvas

Journaling has helped me spend some time imagining. Daring myself to dance with myself and taking the muffs off my ears to hear what is planted in my heart. I'm really listening now, paying acute attention....What is that stirring in me? It's a low growl, or is it more like a muffled howl? Something is wanting to hunt, to find, to uncover, to excavate what is hidden, what is my own treasure map. I uncover silver coins now and then, but I know there are more, much more. But for the most part, it's a deep, broad place I must explore further with many rooms, deep crevices. It captures me in places. It's entices me deeper in. It's daunting. It's a thousand paintings away- minus some. Some days I can't get there fast enough and some days I just want to meander on the path and look around, and some days the fog covers my path, visionLESS. But it always lifts and leaves me standing there looking into the looking glass, wondering how far I will go this time before something calls me back from the exploring, the digging. The imagining....

If your everyday life seems poor, don't
blame it; blame yourself; admit to
yourself that you are not enough of a poet
to call forth its riches; because for the
creator there is no poverty and no poor
indifferent places.            
                    - Rainer Maria Rilke


Gloria said...

Excellent work and words. Love it! Have a great rest of the week.

Diane said...

She is exquisite--I love how you're exploring yourself.
P.S. Excellent quote!

Jennifer Richardson said...

I've always loved where you go
with your paints
and this is no exception draws me in and challenges me.
But your WRITING!
Gripped and compelled
and called me into
deeper hunger
and divine dissatisfaction.
I'm a bit undone
and I like it
and I thank you.
I really, really thank you.
Yes, this was fierce:)

Bren said...

You've painted a very strong woman here and what you've written takes that kind of strength. So appreciate what you've shared, something I'm going to have to ponder myself... am I howling or just a whimper?

Beth Nicholls said...

Wow, there is so much strength and life in this picture. Love the direction you are taking Peggy

Nancy said...

You make me want to dig deeper and not whimper but go for it...find out what's inside of me.....You have definitely challenged me today....Thank you....

Love this strong woman....a reflection of you?

Buffy said...

She's gorgeous! Love all the colors and the quote. And I just wanted to let you know that your book arrived safely the other day. Thanks so much for one of your prints,I'm gonna frame it. But the bad news is the print stuck to your page alittle and alittle paint came off,not much at all. I'm gonna try to work in the book this weekend,I'll let you know when I send it back to you.

simplyred said...

Beautiful (as always).

Got my postcard!! Love it!!


Poetic Artist said...

My sweet friend.

Louise said...

Your painting pulled me in to read what you had to say and I'm so glad it did. It's awe-inspiring, the way you describe your inner creative journey. It certainly pushes me to follow mine with more passion. Thank you.