Music and dance have been muses to me as long as I can remember. Part of the joy of painting is moving the brush in rhythm to the music. Moving back and forth away from the canvas and feeling the flow of where the painting is going. Having taken bellydance classes and even taught a few, the movement of the body to rhythm, can help connect the mind to that primal place of healing and connection.
Here I challenged myself to paint in black and white as I usually get off on so much color! Working in black and white allows an artist to work in pure values and tones. This also has become a mixed media painting as I have added some papers, including music sheet bits and patterns from Morocco.
Swimming in the springs in Florida can be a beautiful or terrifying experience. People have died who have swam to deep in a cave, drowned for different reasons and there have been alligators who killed swimmers.
The springs, like the oceans have wild animals and it is a risk we take to go into their home. Millions of people swim every day in springs and oceans and the numbers of deaths from animal attacks is still low compared to accidental drownings. It is sad, no matter how a person dies in the water.
Today I have heard about the first case (that I am aware of) of a death of a diver caused by an alligator in Blue Springs where I swim frequently. He swam there for 20 years! Just horrible. Not sure why all of a sudden an alligator (cold blooded) would leave the necessary warm waters of the river and venture to the cool springs but it happened. So sad. Prayers to the victim’s family.
Not having an idea of what to paint can be a problem unless I just let go and paint abstractly and see what arises. Reflecting on today’s progress I noticed the image that arose reminds me of the blood red moon from the eclipse this month.
I missed the moon due to cloud coverage but through active imagination I revisited it.