I have been thinking lately how longing propels us outwards and inwards simultaneously. Longing draws us to what we love: a place, a person, an idea, a passion, a vocation, our own true selves. Image-making is one of the ways I learn what I long for. I made the above postcard-sized image recently in response to a prompt about longing. The idea for it came quickly, but the drawing of the vines took awhile, giving me time to reflect on how the heart is both the source of the vines and that which the vines embrace. The vines are also a symbol for me of life and growth that I am not in control of.
“In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus
I made this image when my now 18-year-old son was five, and I was doing a one-month residency in Lindsborg, Kansas, painting a 75′ mural in Salina, Kansas, and juggling what it meant to be a parent with what it meant to be an artist. Now [as well as then] it is clear to me that art-making and life are essentially intertwined. As my friend, Anne Thulson says, “The stuff of life is the media, not just the inspiration.”
The text in this piece is a quote from Eileen Caddy. It reads:
“All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal itself. All you have to do is be still and take time to seek for what is within, and you will surely find it.” — Eileen Caddy
Happy Longing For Spring!