A Blessing

 |  July 22, 2022
A Blessing is an encaustic mixed media painting by Bridgette Guerzon Mills
Bridgette Guerzon Mills | A Blessing, encaustic mixed media, 13 5/8 x 8 inches

“A blessing is a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal and strengthen them.” ~ John O’Donohue

I mentioned in my last post about how one little piece of stitched cloth in the painting has led to other pieces including a similar stitched cloth. This is one of them, except with the stitching taking a more dominant role in the piece.

Everything feels broken these days. I wish I could mend the broken parts of the world. But I can’t. Maybe I should focus on the mending and stitching of circles and thinking of them as blessings of light to protect, heal and strengthen. It’s hard though when you feel like you’re talking into the void. And in my own personal life, I actually am more of a disrupter than a mender, to be honest. Well, I’ve always created in my artwork what I wish for – a quiet calm, an acceptance of what is.

When I was sick with Covid, I read How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu. When I got to the second chapter, at the point where a virus was unleased on the world, I thought to myself, maybe this isn’t the best time to read this. But I’m glad I stuck it out. It resonated with me. This is a little excerpt from the book.

“All of us are grieving something…But while we are, we’re putting one foot in front of the other. We’re waking up to see another day. We’re pushing through uncertainty, even if we can’t yet see the light at the end of the tunnel… We are battered and broken, but we’re all small miracles.”

A Blessing will be part of an upcoming show this fall at Lark & Key Gallery.

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