Deep, unspeakable suffering, may well be called a baptism,
a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.
Today I was drawn to paint a dove. In researching it's sacred symbolism, I was drawn to that of regeneration, with it's reference in the Biblical flood story. Noah lets out a dove to find vegetation, new growth. I then found this quote and, it being still a bit early in the morning, I read the word "initiation" as "irritation." That adds even more depth to it's meaning. How often it takes some sort of discomfort, some irritant, to transform us! The butterfly does not slip out of it's chrysalis. No it pushes and prys, breaking it through friction!
While painting this, I had to give a holy laugh... I realized after I was done with the front that I had painted the whole piece upside down and will have to take off the little hanging hook on the back and reattach it in its proper place. (See below!) I was so irritated by that I then proceeded to dip my wonderfully loaded liner brush into my freshly brewed cup of coffee!
This piece is 6" x 6" mixed media. It is available for purchase for $30 and includes a small easel. Please email your interest to email@example.com.