Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Soulful Touch of Winter

landscape painting by Lori Levin "Beginning Or End "
Acrylic On Panel
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It’s been a while. So much water has gone under this bridge since my last post. Fans of my work often comment that what a relief it must be to be able to use art to deal with my emotions. Most times it is. However, sometimes things can feel so overwhelming that my ability to connect to a feeling long enough to paint it stops dead in its tracks. The longer that goes on the worse it is for me and my creativity, not to mention healing.

We’ve all been there. Everyone shares a time when life is just too much. We do everything we can to mask the pain and just move on but it follows us like a stalker needing a fix. Sometimes all we can do is just let it get ugly and entertain our pain. Feeding it and letting it blossom to see what it is really all about can sometimes lift you out of the fog so you can move forward again. The old saying about it getting darkest before the dawn is true. Many times fear of clarity gets in the way and just as the pain is about to get its darkest we run only to have to face the same pain again.

I’ve learned the pain won’t kill me but fear will. Fear is our greatest enemy and most times it comes from within. Learning to investigate it, live in the discomfort and make decisions based on the one’s integrity rather than the fear is the greatest lesson of all. For me it has been the most challenging, painful, fascinating and empowering experience. This is the freedom for which our souls cry out. This is where peace can be found.


ivana said...

Lori, I know exactly the feeling you are talking about...sometimes i make myself to paint or create in some way and that lifts the clouds, but many times it's easier to just fall and keep falling. All the best from a fellow artist. Your painting is beautiful

Lori of Soulful Studios said...

Best to you too Ivana, thank you for your comment!

Amanda Makepeace said...

We don't all have the courage to talk about this fear, but that doesn't mean it's not real. Great post. I've added this to the EBSQ Friday Five.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the insight...stark but beautiful painting!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Beautiful painting!

Cape Coop said...

If you want to live your best life, fear has to be acknowledged and then ignored.