Can art be a litmus test? "Let Go, or be dragged" This Zen Proverb speaks volumes to me, and I think about this quote almost daily. How can I let go a bit more? Where am I holding stress and tension in my body? How can I soften just a little and still be heard? What is causing friction in my life, and how much can I just let go of? What's causing me pain because I'm trying to control too much? These types of inner monologue questions are common in my head since the start of the pandemic, and I hope I keep checking in because stepping back to consider these types of thoughts has really aided in my overall happiness. Maybe they can for you too.
The visual for this painting really changes depending on if the glass is half-empty or half-full for me. That was intentional in my work, on a positive day, I see the light streaming in and I want to walk deeper into the woods and explore. On hard days, I get stuck in the murky undergrowth of the darkest layer and linger too long perhaps, feeling a tug backwards. Maybe I'm working towards my own Rorschach Test within the painting? I would love to know what you see and is it mood-dependent? Can you change what you see?