Lead Me to the Water

 |  January 9, 2012

Art is not living. It’s the use of living. The artist has the ability to take that living and use it in a certain way, and produce art. – Audre Lorde

First creation of 2012:

Lead Me to the Water
encaustic mixed media
5×7 inches

I recently started reading a memoir of a woman who lives in Alaska called Surviving the Island of Grace: Life on the Wild Edge of America by Leslie Leyland Fields. I laugh at myself because yes, I am one of those that romanticizes the rugged, self-reliant life out in the wilderness. It just fascinates me. Perhaps because I know I would totally fail at such a life! I mean, my aloe plant that lives in my studio is not doing very well. Anyway, in the prologue she writes about how she came to write about her life in Alaska and she quotes another writer’s words about memoir:

Listen to your life…See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moment and life itself is grace. – Frederick Beuchner

I approach my artmaking that way. Or at least I try to.


  1. by Tracey Broome on January 9, 2012  5:34 pm Reply

    Such a great quote and just what I needed today. I sent it off to my teenage daughter to consider with all of her college angst!

  2. by Judy Shreve on January 9, 2012  5:47 pm Reply

    What a great quote! Life is so amazing - so filled with mystery and wonder. If we could only remember to slow down and savor it, we could truly live authentic lives.

    Bridgette - one of the things that I love about your art - is you seem to be able to reach your truth and share it -- you are an inspiration.

  3. by Rosie Kearton on January 9, 2012  6:07 pm Reply

    I too romanticize about living in the wilderness - I am quite practical but would really miss being near creature comforts - great quotes that really make you think! Thanks Bridgette

  4. by KBPortraits on January 9, 2012  6:14 pm Reply

    I sometimes fantasize about that lifestyle too. And I too have realised that I would not do so well at it! It's great to get away from technology and escape the world for a while now and then but when it comes down to it, I would not last long without the modern conveniences I am accustomed to. I dont know how rugged you think about going but I would not be able to last long without electricity and running water! No heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer?! No fridge and freezer?! Having to fend for yourself and scavenge/grow/hunt your own food? I'd be dead in a week!

  5. by nacherluver on January 9, 2012  7:19 pm Reply

    Love, love, love, love, L♡VE!!!

  6. by tangled sky studio on January 9, 2012  8:09 pm Reply

    the title is gorgeous...what a profound way to start 2012. thanks for sharing all the words of wisdom.


  7. by windrock studio on January 9, 2012  9:16 pm Reply

    Bridgette, this piece is breathtaking!
    I love it, I'm going back to gaze at it more.

  8. by Jennifer on January 10, 2012  6:12 am Reply

    I'm sitting here with goosebumps after reading that wonderful quote. What a gift that is if we live by it.

    Your first piece of 2012 is no less amazing. I could look at it endlessly, discovering something new with each visit.

    Happy 2012!

  9. by Missouri Bend Paper Works on January 10, 2012  10:51 am Reply

    Love this quote....how it resonates, as does this beautiful work of yours! Have a wonderful year...wishing you the best, Bridget!

  10. by bridgette on January 10, 2012  1:35 pm Reply

    Thanks everyone! When I came across those words, I knew I had to share it.
    tracey-hope your daughter hears the words!
    Judy-thank you so much, that means a lot. I often feel like I'm grasping for things, for understanding, for acceptance, for...fill in the blank...and in my artwork, I continue that search and sometimes find a resolution. Now if I can only translate that to daily life. ha!

  11. by bridgette on January 10, 2012  1:38 pm Reply

    Rosie and KBPortraits- yeah, I could never do it, unfortunately. Maybe for a few days. The last time I had to do so was when I was backpacking through the Appalachians and by the second night I was in tears! :) But I admire people who can do it and at least I can read about it and watch it on the Alaskan reality tv that seem to be popular these days. I guess we're not the only ones.

  12. by Sue on January 10, 2012  2:17 pm Reply

    This quote touches me very much - we should not dismiss boredom and bleak moments. Every moment is precious! So difficult to keep this in mind though...
    Your artwork is brilliant! Reminds me of Alaska,,,

  13. by Amanda on January 10, 2012  7:52 pm Reply

    Hmmm, I sense a journey ahead, an adventure.
    You inspire me as always. Thank you.

  14. by Seth on January 11, 2012  12:14 am Reply

    Powerful quote and a powerful painting. If that is painting #1...I cannot wait to see #2 and beyond!

  15. by Morna on January 11, 2012  2:54 am Reply

    Very nice surprise to discover your blog. I look forward to exploring. :-)

  16. by Paintings on January 28, 2012  7:11 am Reply

    Painting is the form of art and the quote you have said is also appreciable. The interesting thing in your blog that it is inspiring and beautiful.

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