“We may spend our lives seeking something that is right inside us, and could be found if we only stop and deepen our attention.”
Itty Bitty 3″ Crop from Panel 3 – Still adding color
The color is starting to be defined and the
fun is really beginning. This part is so addictive! I just keep
adding more layers and more light and shadow. It’s so hard to walk away
at this point. I got to paint most of the day, yesterday. I still
have so much to do.
My non artist hubby is having a hard time reconciling all the time it
takes to do these. He sees all the hours as less and less profit when
it sells. I tried to explain to him that it’s not really about the
money, but as his eyes glazed over, I explained that I will always own
the image itself and I can reproduce it in other ways to make more
money. That seemed to satisfy him, sorta. It makes little sense to
the non artist that we fall a little in love with the “whole” of the
painting as we tenderly dab on each little bit of color, delighting in
each new shadow or area of light that dances off the canvas. I can’t
wait to see it hanging on the gallery wall and I hope that someday,
someone will love it as much as I do.
is a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing
and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for
over 35 years, with an emphasis on vipassana (mindfulness or insight)
meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight
Meditation Community of Washington. A clinical psychologist, Tara is the
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha and the upcoming book, True Refuge-Three Gateways to a Fearless Heart (Bantam, February 2013).
Tara is nationally known for her skill in weaving western
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emphasizes compassion for oneself and others, mindful presence and the
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