silent moments

 |  March 20, 2011

Thinking of the stars night after night I begin to realize “The stars are words” and all the innumerable worlds in the Milky Way are words, and so is this world too. And I realize that no matter where I am, whether in a little room full of thought, or in this endless universe of stars and mountains, it’s all in my mind. ~ Jack Kerouac

silent moments
5×7 inch mixed media panel to be bound
as a journal cover soon

Another bowl painting, but this time it will be a cover for a journal. I just need to bind it up. Maybe it’s all the talk of the Super Moon, or waking up to the bright face of the moon in the middle of the night for two nights in a row this week, but the starry skies were definitely on my mind when I made this.

This panel includes an oil painting of a bowl on canvas that I painted a few years ago. I cut it out of its stretcher bars and adhered it to the panel. It always takes a moment of resolve for me to do this, but I am usually happy that I did it in the end. Then added more paint, papers, and encaustic medium. The words read “She was silent for a moment. A few moments”. Those two sentences were from a book that I got at a rummage sale many years ago. I scrounge around in it at times for random sentences or phrases that jump out at me. For this painting of the empty bowl under a starry sky, I loved what the words implied…

Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. ~Eskimo proverb (thank you to Janet Smith for this comforting quote)

Speaking of the celestial bodies, I just added my mixed media painting “Her Moon” to my etsy shop that I am revitalizing. I have had an etsy shop for several years but never used it really as I had amanobooks to sell from. I decided to list at both shops this year and see how it goes. I’ll be adding some of my older works to my shop, such as Her Moon, as well as small new encaustic paintings. Well, that’s the plan. Stay tuned!


  1. by William Cook on March 21, 2011  12:29 am Reply

    I've really been enjoying your work and these writings. The bowl motif just keeps growing on me. Thanks. Great work!

  2. by Oxana on March 21, 2011  7:08 am Reply

    I LOVE it!!!

  3. by Zappha on March 21, 2011  9:11 am Reply

    Excellent work Bridgette.

  4. by cardinal arts on March 21, 2011  1:15 pm Reply

    love this! especially the star/sky image

  5. by carin.c on March 21, 2011  7:37 pm Reply

    Bridgette, I do so enjoy looking at your work. I particularly love this one with the look of constellations - constellation maps always draw me in. I don't comment often enough but I am always checking out your blog. A busy mama who still is able to put out great work that shows continuous growth **applause**... so very inspiring! I hope to get there one day. :)

  6. by Megan Noel on March 21, 2011  8:29 pm Reply

    i love Silent Moments, and the moon painting on Etsy!

  7. by sarah playle on March 22, 2011  6:37 pm Reply

    It'll make a great cover. I should do something with my etsy shop as well...but I'm so darned attached to all my art that I don't want to sell the originals*L*

  8. by Alexi on March 23, 2011  2:43 pm Reply

    Its really beautiful!

  9. by bridgette on March 23, 2011  11:19 pm Reply

    Thank you all so much for your kind words about this piece. I really appreciate it!

    Carin- thank you, thank you for your comment. That means so much coming from another creative and busy mama.

  10. by Seth on March 26, 2011  9:48 pm Reply

    So many wonderful things in this post. I love the painting...the bowl, the blue of the sky, the texture, and the words. Can't wait to head over to your revitalized Etsy shop. Congrats and good luck with that. And that quote! Comforting is exactly the word I was thinking. Going to print that one out!

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