An Act of Power.
This painting sat on the shelf over my desk for several years, inspiring me to continue the journey of exploring the mystery. I love it that she is floating in the air, yet is such a creature of the sea amidst the earthy place, and has fire before her and volcano behind her. Fiery Mountain. A creature of all the elements. An amphibian, I guess.
I always thought she was reaching into the fire of her fears and those of others to illuminate them – to speak out loud – to sing about them with the help of her dark bird friends, raven and owl. But as I was setting up for the “Out of the Ashes” Show in 2004, I put a wand in her hand. And much to my surprise it turned out to be what she was reaching for all along. Now the painting without it looks naked to me.
The alchemical fire yields the wands of our power in whatever form we call them to be: paint brushes, rakes, computers, scissors, hammers or spoons. This particular wand is a beaver stick found years ago during the Fire Mountain School days. It reminds me of Gwendolyn Endicott’s Wanderland beaver mantra for use when the going gets tough: “Gnaw by gnaw, and don’t get discouraged by the big picture!” The stick was completed as a wand in a workshop with George Phelps, a psychic who told me among other things I should be doing a show of my work. The leather ribbon has a little bear on it in honor of she who became a power animal guide for me during these last several months of this process.
Written for Out of the Ashes Show, North County Rec Center, January 2004