Can we do it?
Can we bring softness and kindness to battlegrounds, both inner and outer?
Senior Venus, apparently, is
the Goddess of Trying to Bring Love to Arenas of Strife … or …
the Afficionado of Transforming Fear and Loathing into Peace and Power…
But we are jumping ahead of ourselves here.
For the picture-story so far, see last week’s post.
This is how we began.
And this is where we got to.
Now, read on, if you will. Read this story of few pictures and even fewer words.
in which the artist gazes long and soft at the image so far. She sees a nurturing female figure smiling down upon whoever or whatever is held by her large enfolding arms. The artist draws forth the image, using a chinagraph.
in which the artist brings white paint to the nurturing female figure
in which the artist opens an art magazine to find a page to paint on, in order to use up the excess white paint. The very first page of the magazine takes her breath away and allows tears to flow.
It says LOVE AND WAR. The artist has been looking for ways to bring love and compassion to an arena of struggle. She has been feeling embattled. This page feels so utterly resonant.
in which she incorporates the words LOVE AND WAR into the image. She also incorporates other pertinent words from the magazine page, such as ‘Hall of Fame’, ‘the pain of separation’ ‘the grief of loss’ and ‘the great joy of reunion’.
in which Senior Venus is fleshed out and we start to see more of the little one she holds. Is it a ghostly frightened child?
Is there a Chapter Thirteen?
Does Love Trump Fear and Loathing? Can compassion go beyond strife?
Is this artwork complete?
What do you think?