Owl Wisdom

Recycled painting collage, 10 X 11″

On a dark night I chanced upon an owl and wondered.  What message of owl wisdom had I invoked?  Was i seriously in need of a course correction?  Had I splintered off into a mine field of errors?  Too much arrogance perhaps, or a fearful spinelessness. . .it could be either.

While I pondered so, a vast assemblage of hooting sages appeared, arriving like the stars to remind me finally, that I live in their world and not vice versa.

If you want to think out of the box with your paintings, try cutting them up.  That’s what we did in the Monday Muse Group.  I started with three paintings, two dark and one more colorful and the words “on a dark night” came to mind.  So I hunted for an owl picture and did some cutting and gluing.  I don’t think one usually finds “flocks of owls”, but perhaps owl spirits?

P.S.  There’s a new weekly Monday Afternoon Muse Group starting in January at my studio in Sebastopol, California.  There are still a couple spots left.  If you’re interested in joining us, visit my workshops page.

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In conversations with the Muse I mix paint with vision, collage with story, word with meditation and prayer. And out of the mixture comes a release of energy and healing and a lightening of the load of everyday living. You'll find most of it here, where I've been showing up for the past few years, along with collectible paintings, travel sketchbooks, figure studies and an invitation to join me in art play and discovery!

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