A reflection

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

But you are eternity and you are the mirror. – Kahlil Gibran

 

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Have you ever caught an unexpected glimpse of your reflection… in a window, a mirror in the hall, a puddle on the sidewalk… and seen, for just an instant, yourself through a stranger’s eyes?  Perhaps you were surprised by what was uncovered in that moment… a beauty, an emotion, things unguarded and revealed without rehearsal.

 

Imagine now, turning that same eye within… what do you see?

 

Do you reflect on your life with joy or with regret? Do you see your father or mother, your children, your lovers? Do you see friends you’ve stood by no matter what, or people you’ve betrayed? Do you feel satisfied and hopeful for the future, or frustrated and full of dread? 

 

Does any of it really matter now? The question is…what will you do today? How will you be the mirror of your beautiful soul?

Already August

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Okay – so it looks like I might just be posting here every few months, but that’s okay.  Life is an ebb and flow experience, and I have learned that I need to ebb and flow along with it.   I’ve really come to understand my need to focus my energy in one direction at a time.  Once I start to divide myself, nothing happens.

So, what have I been doing?  Mostly SoulCollage® – making cards, holding workshops in my studio, putting together new workshops for the fall.  Below is a sample I made for my October 23 workshop, Beyond Persona: Creating an Intuitive Soul Portrait.  

 


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All the workshop information is here , and if you happen to live in the vicinity of NW CT, please consider taking a workshop in my pretty little studio in the woods.

 

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Other than that, I’ve been walking my dog, working out, taking some day trips, reading books and making a little art here and there.  I do feel that my tide is turning again though, pulling me towards my paints and wood panels…  so we shall see!

 

In the meantime, enjoy a morning walk with me and Heidi…

 

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See you around!

Thursday Afternoon Play Date

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I had some practical plans for this afternoon; paperwork and the like, but then I looked at my brand new, totally blank journal (a larger one this time – 9″ x 12″) and here I am… hands covered with paint and nothing practical accomplished.

 

But so what?  I have been feeling such unrest inside, a need to let things out, loosen up, play more.  This feeling has as much to do with my life as it has to do with my art…  an insistent nudge to get away from precision and just allow things to happen as they will.  Be freer, give myself permission to explore and enjoy.

 

Can you tell how much I’m pining for Spring?  To see fresh green shoots break through the tired remnants of snow… to hear the sounds of the creatures waking from their winter sleep… to watch the bluster of March clear the sand from the roads… to see the sun rise earlier in the morning and set later in the day… to wash clean to dreary dregs of winter. 

 

I’m sure I’m not the only one.  Happy Thursday!

 

(p.s. Have you visited my new etsy shop?)

Listen and Reach

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listen – 10″ x 10″ x 1″ – acrylic – mixed media on wood panel
{from the Mantras & Meditations series – available for purchase in my etsy shop}

 

I have been thinking a lot lately about what’s most important to me and where I want to go next on this life-journey. Although I am energized by setting goals and making plans, I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions.  If something seems like a good thing to do, I either go for it or put it on the back burner until the time is right; if it’s meant to be, it will happen.  Nonetheless, there’s something to be said for rituals that challenge us to step back and reflect on who we are –  our values, our dreams, and our intentions to bring the two together – and so I’ve been thinking about what kind of ritual would help me move forward in 2009.

 

It’s funny how sometimes that universal magic of synchronicity can weave together so many random threads.  As I’ve been working on my Mantras & Meditations  series of paintings, I’ve been focusing on being still and simply listening to my inner voice for words and affirmations that are meaningful and inspiring. The practice of creating art around mantras and meditations has been very grounding for me, and I have been sensing myself opening up to new ideas and possibilities.  In the midst of this focusing on words that shape being and action,  I came across a post that Leah, host of Creative Every Day and Art Every Day Month, wrote about Christine Kane’s practice of choosing a defining word for the year.  Instead of creating a long, onerous “To-Do” list of resolutions that inevitably fall by the wayside, Christine suggests that we create a one word theme that will serve as a guide and inspiration throughout the year – an annual mantra! 

 

I chose two words, because they represent a process that is very important to me.  First, I want to learn to Listen more deeply and fully, both to my inner voice and to the unspoken words of others. I want to turn off the static that surrounds me and tune into the messages that come in silence. Then I want to Reach – reach within, reach out, reach for, reach above, reach below, reach beyond the limits I have intentionally and unintentionally set for myself. Listen ~ Reach… my mantra for 2009.  It makes me feel that anything is possible.

 

What word would you choose? 

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