I am calling this new painting, an 18″ by 24″ canvas, Where the Circle Meets. I am thinking of that part of a circle where the beginning starts and the end terminates, doing so constantly and endlessly through cycle after cycle until one is almost indistinguishable from the other. The beginning contains the end and the end contains a beginning.
I tend to think of us going through our lives in this sort of karmic cycle, one where we endlessly loop round and round through days and experiences as we go along. Hopefully, as each cycle comes around we take something from that last turn to make the next one easier and more fulfilling. Perhaps we shed bad intentions and selfishness. Or look away from the dark and toward the light.
And I do see this in this painting. There is a movement from darker to lighter tones as you move into this piece. Around the bend in the stream, the sun hovers above the horizon, bringing light which is shown in the form of pulsing beams of energy.
We live our lives in cycles and with that comes the opportunity to know that each cycle’s ending holds the promise of a new beginning. The trick is in recognizing this and using learned knowledge to make the next one better from the beginning.
I may not be putting this very eloquently this morning. Perhaps I am too tired or my mind is a bit fuzzy this morning. But regardless of that, I hope you’ll take a look and try to see what I am saying with this piece.
This painting is included in my show, Part of the Plan, which opens at the Kada Gallery in Erie, PA on October 29th.