Vessel of Joy
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4. A person or other being especially regarded as
holding, receiving, or embodying a particular quality.
The intersection of flowing curves and firm angularity within the practice of yoga intrigues me.
Inspired by my own experience, this series of geometrically grounded pieces considers how
“the principles of yoga apply to all people, to all bodies,” as Matthew Sanford asserts in
Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence. Dedicated to transforming loss into potential by awakening the mind-body connection, Sanford is a pioneer in adapting yoga for people living with disability. Pointing out that “we all live on a continuum of abilities and disabilities," he embodies my belief in
the healing power of yoga for everybody.
The ancient Japanese art of origami
transforms the simple and ordinary
into the complex and extraordinary.
Multiple dimensions are particularly evident in the origami crane,
which has come over time to symbolize
hope and healing during challenging times.
Tradition holds that if one folds 1,000 cranes, one’s wish will come true;
in this spirit, the paper birds are often offered as a gesture of concern and caring.
Inspired by this act, I've been painting colorful cranes and
sharing them as a wish for well-being!
Flock of Colors II
My custom dog portraits
are worked from your photo.
Prices start at $150
for an unframed, 8 x 10" piece.
Onward and Upward
Snow Day III
Big Blue Crane
Twenty Six II
The pieces in this series consider metaphorical definitions of vessel,
which invite one into the arena of the spiritual and inexplicable.
Considering beings as vessels is easy in certain contexts;
for me, yoga welcomes this realm, as does spending time with dogs and other animals.
Practicing yoga allows me to feel how my body is a container for energy,
while communing with canines reveals them to be barrels of emotion.
Its hard to miss the overflowing feelings of a joyful dog!
As a volunteer puppy raiser for
Canine Companions for Independence (cci.org),
I was first inspired to try a watercolor dog portrait
by my pup, Myrtle.
Perhaps I was influenced by my interest in mapping;
I now like to think of my canine portraits
as topographic dog maps!