Walking the Georgetown labyrinth /DC 2009
Many people use the labyrinth for a variety of purposes, to discover strengths within, answers, spiritual affirmation/support, to process stress or to re-connect with themselves. I have seen women use the labyrinth to learn to forgive and love themselves after experiencing domestic violence. Children pace through the labyrinth to find creativity and to quiet the the hyper mental activity. Elderly walk among the circle, to find peace within themselves. And yes, the labyrinth is good for grief, as I realized, as another tool for me.
For years, I have walked labyrinths to consider choices in my life, including where to work and what to do next in my life; I walk to release stress and anger, as well as to find simple joy and relaxation. It was only last year when I started to paint again after stopping as a young adult. And I found labyrinths are as relaxing and enjoyable as I paint, in dazzling colors. During the painting I found that I have my favorite pattern, Shepherd's Race (originated in Roman times), which is not commonly found- most labyrinths tend to be Cretan, Chartres, or Santa Rose. And I found, very therapeutic in the aftermath of finding out I am childless not by choice.
I decided to use this opportunity to show some paintings I had completed- although I had not taken photos of a few (I forgot before I gave them to friends).
Each labyrinth has their own story.
Process into Mediterranean Tear
Mediterranean Tear (Shepherd's Run)
Process in Buddha's Flame
Buddha's Flame (triple pattern)
Process to Sunset Blvd
Sunset Blvd (Shepherds' Run)
All that had been done since last summer...
I hadn't painted since November 2011 to February 2012, when I went in and out of tests about my uterus issues, including finding out that I can't have children- grief started then in December. I had then painted one painting before the February surgery, which is this one.....
Roman Weeps (Chartres)
I had also completed one other labyrinth painting, but at this time, I'm not ready to share it with the world...
The title- Stone of Womb
10 days after the surgery, I up and went to fetch art supplies without thinking. Completed in 7 hours, the labyrinth came out of my heart onto the canvas. With tears of grieving and fingers of perseverance.
I do have intentions to paint more...I have some colorful spirals running loose in my mind. Someday.