Amidst the deadlines and goals and shuffle of daily routines our selves can slip away, vanishing into lunches in backpacks and jumbled texts on our smart phones.
I'm taking a moment to myself. I need to stop and look around me. I need a warm bubble bath with grapefruit essential oil and a nice cup of chamomile tea. I need to feel my feet on rainforest soil and breathe the fresh air of trees and sky and ocean.
I need to sit in my studio and stare for a bit. Close my eyes and rock to the rhythm of the rain falling on the skylight. I need to pick up my brush and paint from my heart. I need to get outside with my little boy, and cuddle with him in the studio while we create together.
I know what I need. If I pause and listen.
[my four year old, almost five year old son working on a painting with me. He added so much to the process and final outcome. My heart swells. It was hard to let go of control, but so glad I did. He's brilliant.]
Pause and Listen, 2014
24" x 30"
mixed media on canvas