I have been working on the painting below for a while, not really liking it or even wanting to paint it. Yet I had a strong sense that I needed to paint it.
The last period has been a profound one for me — maybe for everyone — I have had the very real experience of liminality, of things breaking open and new ground/ space and opportunity emerging where before it seemed like the only options were more of the same.
This painting though is about the darkness that keeps on. It also required a poem.
At the brittle edge of a precipice
we seek to avoid the dark
yet it is already here.
There is a path
although you will often feel the lurching stomach of a fall
you have to leap to find it.
Darkness grows in the middle world
a world of man’s construction
Greed and avarice. Dominate or die say the elites waving carrots.
Foolish fools spewing carbon leading to our demise.
And yet there are so many followers.
Sleepers, consumers, quiet believers
gripping desperately to false hopes
and delusions of returns to past times.
We need to accept the darkness.
It is here.
Our eyes can adjust and we can shift
going deeper within
seeking the path beyond the shadows.
On the other side
the veil lifts and Intense light washes over
brightness and wonder.
Let go, look up.
Open-ness, sky and sunlight
warm rushing effervescence.
All is one, one is all.
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