Invoking Clarity

With the full power of the moon behind her, this woman invokes clarity.

But clarity does not necessarily arrive quickly, in an easily discernible package, hovering just above our gaze before wrapping us in its bright tendrils.

Rather, we piece all the various small revelations together, and begin to fathom a more spacious vision with each shining quilt, painting or poem that we “complete.”

Perhaps “completion” is not the direction we want to move towards, with its suggestion of closure.

What we really seek is a perpetual opening, a ceaseless unfolding, until we become so expansive that everything else is part of us, and we of it.


This is on a solid birch panel. It looks like a wrapped canvas.

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5 thoughts on “Invoking Clarity

  1. I like to collage on a layer of tissue paper first, and then start playing with acrylic paint, gesso, and more collage papers if needed.

    Gradually an image emerged. I wasn’t sure what the image on the “top left” was. I only knew what it wasn’t–it wasn’t a star, a sun, a mandala. Then I took a drawing of a woman that I had made previously and auditioned it on the canvas. I created a stamp out of the image,  and stamped it on the bottom right corner in white, then black. I started painting into it with other colors. The face changed many times, and the expressions as well. When the present face “came up” I knew it was right. The idea of looking for clarity occured to me. It’s something I often find myself doing!

    it is quite small: an 8×10 birch canvas.