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Friday, January 4, 2013


When I look back upon 2012, 1 word comes leaping to mind: Acceptance. I've had big lessons in accepting a myriad of things:
1. Me - I'm a middle-aged woman; curvier than I used to be; eyes etched with laugh lines; sober; pescetarian but leaning toward vegetarianism; environmentalist; conservationist; artist; partner; parent; grandparent; graying; still learning and growing and becoming; teacher and student.
2. Relationships - some are so fabulous that I cannot believe my luck; some had to be released in 2012; some may revive; some may die; they do not define me.
3. Work - at an impasse after 20 years in my field; wanting transition or relief, but unsure of direction; waiting for guidance.
4. Faith - out of the broom closet, so to speak, fully; re-avowed to study and craft.
5. Powerlessness - I can change only myself; control only myself. Some things I am not meant to understand, despite my own desire to do so. I am not the director of my life's stage, rather, an observer.
6. Future - it is always unsure; never certain. I'm OK with that. I don't need to project what will happen. I like being focused on RIGHT NOW.

This is my first piece of the year. I've been long fascinated with symbology and imagery. I sat with her a while, but realize that she doesn't want a face, so that everyone can add their own, if they wish.


  1. Yes, the newness of self, the openness to recreate mine too. xo Tanya

  2. Great first post of the year and WOW this painting is certainly full of symbolism and intrigue. I can't wait to see where it takes you. X

  3. Stunning painting! Excellent post! 2012 was a major year for me too! Still trying to figure out a lot of things, but maybe I am not suppose to figure them out??

    1. I've found that I don't need to figure out everything, stac. And, that some things I will figure out when the time is right. Thank you. xo!

  4. This painting and reflection are beautiful, Michele. In 2012, this quote came to me, (you may have even seen me use it), but it came up in my heart again as I read your sharing... "You are the sky. Everything else - it's just the weather." (Pema Chodron) You are a brilliant sky, SweetLight.