Sunday, May 5, 2013

Letting the Burden lift through art

                                                              Letting the Burden Lift
                                                                    pen and ink
                                                               Sandra J. Pineault
                                                                   April, 2013

A few weeks ago we were blessed enough to get up to the North Carolina mountains, to a lodge
we love (Lazy Bear Lodge, Villis, N.C.).  It was a time to reflect and rest after a series of tests and
medical appointments at the Mayo Clinic which left me rattled.  The lodge offers a lovely Appalacian
style porch overlooking a koi pond and garden.  I began this drawing in an intuitive style, what I call vibrational drawing.  I had no idea what would result, but I knew what was in my heart.  I simply followed where the pen and lines took me, later I worked on it on the long car ride home.  It captured me as nothing had in a long time.  When I finally looked at it I could see a combination creature: part butterfly, part dove, part whatever one would want.  The creature, who still has no name, was carrying a burden, exemplified in the sphere held aloft.  It is always a source of amazement to me how therapeutic art can be when it is carried out without expectation.  Opening  ourselves is not an easy task.  To be open and trustful when confusing and frightening news comes along is also not easy.
Pen and sketchbook can remind us that we are not alone, that we are being carried, and that
answers and help await us if we but seek.  Perhaps this should be called, The Seeker, carrying a treasure that we do not yet recognize.

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