|"Journeys," 12 x 12 acrylic, gallery-wrapped canvas. Soon at In Your Eye Studio and Gallery|
My current definition of "God" is "infinity." Eternal present spirit tense. "I am that I am,"--Genesis.
All art has stories, has histories, encounters with spirit, and so it is with this week's painting.
It began this when when a friend and fellow artist Jim Resnicek in In Your Eye Gallery bought my 5 x 5 acrylic of a spiritual ladder, "Journeys." Here's the original blog post on it, from a year ago--"From Dust to Dust."
While we were talking, about art and ideas, I found this painting in my mind.
It comes from inspiration by my second daily readings, ofChickasaw elder, Okie and Episcopal priest Steve Charleston, whose daily meditations a read every day. You should follow him on Facebook for this calming words and insights into the infinity of "Spirit." His book, Ladder to the Light, drawing on New Mexico pueblo religions and cultures, of ladders from inside kivas, speaks to our struggle in this un-spiritual world.
Two more readings begin my days. They also influenced a part of this painting. First there is the daily calendar of comments and insights by the Catholic Trappist monk and mystic, Thomas Merton. Though he wrote and died in the 1960s, his imagery and insights seem to fit todays turmoils, evidence again of eternal spirit and present tense. See A Year With Thomas Merton.
The third daily reading is always Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest who is in charge of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque. His daily email seems to always fit within the scope of these other two.
So this painting calls to me of our journeys to infinity, step by step, rung by rung up a ladder, across the spectrum of light and life.