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Labyrinth (Abstract)

11 Dec

labyrinth.edd.12.10.2013

Took a while to sketch and paint this one.  I like taking my finger through the little trails and seeing where I wind up.  Life is full of twists and turns.  Some we can see coming; others we can’t.  This painting tries to capture that twisting and turning that we all face in life.

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22 Responses to “Labyrinth (Abstract)”

  1. Hollis Hildebrand-Mills December 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    I like this one a lot!

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  2. Jacqueline December 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Yes! And a cathedral feeling. Beautiful.

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  3. Marlene December 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Joy! Where were you (in your mind, I mean)?

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    • said-simply December 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      I remember the night I sketched this out. I was reflecting on some of our blog conversation about stepping out and trying something new. When I pulled out a fresh, clean piece of watercolor paper I wanted to be open to whatever came out. I started drawing the larger shapes first. Then I started adding the shapes inside of the larger shapes. Then I started making the labyrinth trails and it just “took on a life of its own.” It was a joyous experience artistically. I have about 5 hrs in that piece, I’d say. Thank you for your encouragement!

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  4. Shell December 13, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    I like how you made a geometric piece feel organic:)

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  5. FreeRangeCow December 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    IS there a path through it all the way? AWESOME! Also another good card. I can see me writing a heartfelt “thank you” to someone on this piece!

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    • said-simply December 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      Cool. I would be glad to get some printed for you if you’d be interested. I have a local printer I use and he’s very good. I’d be glad to put in an order for you. Let me know!

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      • FreeRangeCow December 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

        Do it! Please! ;oP I choose these two and you can surprise me with the rest. If you have a PayPal, just let me know your address for the cash. Thanks!

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      • said-simply December 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

        So you’d want cards of labyrinth and boxes, just to make sure I get it right? 😉

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      • FreeRangeCow December 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

        Yes, definitely these two and one or two others to round out an even number? I assume 8-12 in a box? I am not picky, honestly…I love ALL your work! I’ll send you my details via your Contact Page to make sure your hard work is rewarded.

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      • said-simply December 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

        You are so sweet, thank you! You’ve made my day. My Mom was just saying she could see some of these pieces as cards the other day. How cool!

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  6. texastom46 December 23, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    Another visually stunning piece! Btw, have you ever done a walking meditation/prayer through a labyrinth?

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    • said-simply December 23, 2013 at 6:11 am #

      Thanks! Yes about 5-6 yrs ago. It was a really rich experience spiritually. I’m guessing you have too?

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      • texastom46 December 23, 2013 at 6:39 am #

        Yes sir! Probably around ten or fifteen years ago. Not knowing its rich ancient history as a spiritual practice, my immediate knee-jerk reaction was to write it off as a rather empty, new-agey fad. Nonetheless, I decided to set all that aside enter into the experience with an open mind and heart. As I walked, I found myself amazed at the rich insights and connections that arose in my mind and heart as I reef
        Excited how like walking it paralleled my own spiritual journey with all of its unexpected twists and turns, and how even when I sometimes felt that I was so much in the dark (or in the light as the case may be) that all of this was inexorably leading my deeper and deeper into my Center, my Soul, my inner Hear and True Self, that “place” where heaven and earth are one.

        It has been a long time since I thought about all of that, so this is a moment of grace for me, I suppose, so thank you and your art for putting me back in touch with one of life’s sacred moments.

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      • said-simply December 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

        I’m very grateful to learn of your experience and thankful that in a small way this painting was helpful in reconnecting you to it! It is interesting how experiences like this focus our attention and open our hearts preparing us for encounters with the spiritual presence of God. These types of experiences have always confirmed, for me at least, that God is seeking active engagement with those who are seeking God in return. God’s pursuit of us is a lovely aspect of God’s character. God longs to know us despite how our spiritual wanderlust often leads us down opposing paths. Labyrinths capture this journey in a wonderful way.

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      • texastom46 December 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

        Beautifully put, my friend! Especially this: “God longs to know us despite how our spiritual wanderlust often leads us down opposing paths. Labyrinths capture this journey in a wonderful way.”

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      • said-simply December 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

        Thanks Tom. My journey certainly hasn’t been straightforward or easy. But it has been good despite the challenges and heartbreak.

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  7. Jadi Campbell December 23, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    I just posted about the labyrinth at Chartres, and love the synchronicity of finding your post. Your painting also reminds me of the mysterious ancient temples on Malta!

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    • said-simply December 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      Jadi, that is a lovely thing! It is very interesting to learn of the connections people make when viewing this piece. Thank you! I will need to discover more about the temples on Malta.

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