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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sunday morning ~


Solitary Path, 40 x 30" Oil on Canvas

Awhile ago, I thought of creating a series of landscapes that are metaphors for my own personal journey in life. I completed this painting a couple years ago - and it is quite symbolic of where I found myself - and perhaps where I am still journeying. A bit mysterious. The way of the path ahead is obscured. It's beautiful, yet a rather solitary path.

What I also have found out - even more recently than this painting - is that I'm not alone, after all. Though, it isn't how I expected my journey to look - it is a path with purpose and it is leading somewhere... even if the landscape and pathway are as yet unseen ahead.

More importantly, I'm led - not abandoned... and I'm led here for a purpose. The purpose is to learn to walk by faith, not by sight. To trust the hand that leads me - I'm learning that I don't need to see it all in order to trust. I've come to know His hand - and His intent - is always good. I've come to know that I am loved deeply, personally, intimately by the God who created me, and rescued me from a life apart from Him. These are things of high value... not always easy to embrace in the moment, yet - in the end - worth every moment of learning.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

your Solitary Path is so beautiful and your comments made the picture come alive. Thank you for sharing part of your heart. FR

Anna said...

Helen, I really like this painting, and actually it reminds one one spiritual book I read. It was about the woman who traveled to Tibet to rediscover herself. And when I was reading at that time all I could see what you have in the painting. What a coincidence? and then you write about your thoughts about the painting, all I can think of now is that woman was you, lol, as funny as it sounds. Great post, refreshing. Anna :)

Chris said...

What beautiful words with such a beautiful painting. The viewer is curious about what's down the path but at the same time at peace. Nice work!

DrowseyMonkey said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. I love your art work, and it's wonderful to know what was going thru the artists mind ... your take on the work. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Laura Brittain said...

Helen, your artwork is beautiful and the thoughts even more so as they are so true and dear to my heart as well. Two dimensional art is so much more than two dimensional because of what is going on in the artist's heart when he or she is painting. Thanks for a great post!

J A Baker said...

Simply beautiful!

Thea said...

You really give me hope. I wake up most mornings and wonder why I'm painting.aLSO LOVE THE BOTTLES PAINTING.

The Uneasy Supplicant said...

Wow! A stunning, beautiful work of art. Nice job Helen.
~JD

Helen Read said...

Well, thank you - each of you - so much! Your remarks are so encouraging!

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Something about this painting reminds me of the work of the Impressionists... it's the kind of foggy quality to the air, I think. It's beautiful and very intriguing! Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

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