Towards Wholeness

 |  October 28, 2009

Towards Wholeness
mixed media, 6×6 inches

This is a recent panel that I made. I have been using a lot of black, and darker colors in general, in my paintings lately. I wonder why? Hmmmm…

Lately I have been listening to book on cd while I work in my studio. When I made this panel I was finishing up listening to Eckhart Tolle’s book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Oprah’s Book Club, Selection 61). I have read the book before, but the lovely Karin sent me the cd version so that I could listen to it. It took me a bit to get used to Tolle’s voice, but I felt that the words really started to sink in. It’s odd as I usually feel like my mind is so absorbed in what I’m doing in the studio, i.e. time doesn’t exist or I forget that it’s time to eat, but some part of my brain must be receptive to listening to philosophical meanderings. And it always felt like I heard exactly what I needed to hear at that moment.

Anyway, the title of this piece reflects what I have been listening to. I do feel that somehow this piece embodies those words. Fragility, impermanence, our striving to survive in this world. But survive in a way that is whole and healthy. Acceptance of limitations, appreciation of what is beautiful.

This panel is waiting to be bound as a cover of a blank journal.


  1. by Courtney Putnam on October 28, 2009  11:00 pm Reply

    I love the depth to this piece as it sits against the transparency and lightness of the plant. Gorgeous.


  2. by Margaret Ryall on October 29, 2009  8:38 am Reply

    I have never read Tolle's book (nor listened to a book ) but the themes of fragility, impermanence, acceptance, survival and beauty certainly sum up the themes found in many artworks. I think of the creation of a connected body of art works as another form of text.

    I just added your blog to my blog list and I'm enjoying your posts.

  3. by bridgette on October 29, 2009  12:15 pm Reply

    Thank you Courtney!

    H Margaret, thanks for stopping by. I agree with what you wrote, although I've never thought of it in that way- as another body of text. Interesting. Thank you!

  4. by Jeane on October 29, 2009  12:17 pm Reply

    lovely piece Bridgette - personally? I love working with dark colors - they have a deepness and richness that I love :)

  5. by Wild Somerset Child on October 29, 2009  3:41 pm Reply

    Beautiful as ever - I just love the fragility of this piece; makes me feel like rushing into the garden to gather leaves and honesty seed pods - even though it is pitch dark!

    I think I need to experiment with ways to embed them into my own art play (I cannot pretend to be other than a player here, no way 'an artist').

  6. by Ange on October 29, 2009  6:45 pm Reply

    I have both the book and I too listen to his voice on CD as I drive through the forest and as I do my calligraphy. How interesting to find another artist who does the same... May he instill you with peace. To deepen your reflections you may wish to read Sandra Maitri or A.H Almaas... Happy painting.

  7. by Janny on October 30, 2009  10:32 am Reply

    Great piece of work! Like Tolle;o)

  8. by bridgette on October 30, 2009  2:25 pm Reply

    Thanks everyone again for your comments on this piece.

    Ange- thanks for the recommendations, i will have to check them out.

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