Friday, April 12, 2013

How we look at things, attitude, perspective and wholeness

Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 12
"Dissimilar things were fitted together to make something beautiful and whole."
-- Nippawanock, ARAPAHOE
Sometimes we look at something close up and it appears to be ugly; but then we drop back and look at it as a whole and it is beautiful. If we look at an insect close up, it may be ugly, but if we drop back and look at the whole insect it becomes beautiful. We can drop back even more and observe what its role and purpose is, and the insect becomes even more beautiful and whole. How are we looking at ourselves? Are we focused on something ugly about ourselves, or are we dropping back and looking at ourselves as a whole? We all have purpose, and we are all beautiful.
Grandfather, today, let me see the beauty of the whole.
It always surprises me how things are connected or it could be how my brain connects things...I seem to get it after the affect...or segments of it all, but I do get it.. Slow? "No but looking at things from a different perspective lets say."
It's Friday now and Wednesday night this is what I was doing.(above photo, me in my art regalia and behind a demo table)  Behind me is my display of my artwork and in front of me is the two table I demonstrated on. I had this family come up to me with these two boys-brothers I assume. I believe the grandfather is standing there too.  Grandma was behind the mom and the dad who were just as in grossed in it as the two boys were.  You see I was just starting a collage and I pick the primary colors Red, Blue and Yellow..and a few other papers too.. as my palette.  I asked them what color I should start with first and they said "Red."  Then I asked what next?  and they were excited to take part in this...people were coming in closer to see what the excitement was and it's just was art and making choices..what and which should I choose... not right or wrong way. But you get to make that choices, as I said and babble on.. so we carried on till the end and I cut off the white tape.
 I had started with the collage this way but then I did changing of the perspective (actually turn the piece around one side at a time) and asked which way should it be as of the  question  of which is top or bottom and this is what they liked. (see below)

The two boys voted for the Red to be at the bottom...and so it should be the title for this piece, "Red at the bottom." I'll finish this up and leave it as it is. 
As I received the email on Thursday I got the photo of the two boys, and I starting to create this piece and I went right to looking at myself and my image.. Oh the dreaded Self-Esteem, darn I bring that into the picture..sure why nothing to lose and life is pretty dang short so just need to move through it and get on with the next thing, right?  Well I looked at this picture again this morning when I was sharing with a dear friend in Georgia and I got past the body image deal and put the focus on the bigger you think it matters to those boys if I felt a bit plumpy that night? No do they know I'm going through the mid life thing? No.  does that matter? No.. and when it's all over at the end of the night do you think I was worried about that?...No I was actually enjoy being and being in the moment.  I was so grateful that it went as well as it did without knowing what I was going into.. Do it afraid they say!!1 and look what happens.  So the connection I talked about at the beginning of the post is.
In the big picture life is a process of learning and growing and at any time this can happens. Age 6 or age 51 who knows but the fun part is don't get hung up...or stuck in a moment... move on, move through and count your accomplishments and see that the bigger picture in the end is really what's going to matter not if you body looked a bit plump the way I'm in process of working on all of that too and happy to say I've lost a total of 21 pounds and making it a life journey to be healthier in mind and body... Now to tackle life's adventures day and have a vision about that. 


  1. But Laura you look fine in the picture! If you had not commented on the body issue, I wouldn't have even thought of it. Besides, you look like Janis Joplin :)
    Nice story and I like that point of view of looking at things with a distance.

  2. Thanks for sharing your interaction with the young men. That must have been a really delightful conversation and interaction.
    Were you using hand made papers for your collage or manufactured? I love the intensity of the primary colors, especially the red. The finished piece is simple and very interesting to look at.

  3. Thanks Karin, the hair was tame when I went in but then the humity changed that.
    Oh yes the body...always a work in progress.

    Thaks Joyfulartist, the papers are just drawing paper from a pad I have painted solid and some book pages but I do make hand papers from plant fibers which as soon as the weather warms up around there in IL. I'll put my one tent up and start that.

  4. Laura, isn't that one of the best things about being an artist - sharing it with others. Congratulations on the 21 pounds. That's really an important accomplishment towards good health.


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