"Practicing Peace" 36" x 24"

Practicing Peace
Practicing Peace
Practicing Peace
Practicing Peace

"Practicing Peace" 36" x 24"

750.00

36" x 24" oil painting on cradled panel.

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Practicing Peace In A Violent World
“Practicing Peace In A Violent World” is intentionally provocative and misleading. I do not indeed regard the world as a violent place. There are treacherous planets in this Universe, and ours is not one of them. The Cosmos is capable of inflicting astronomical mayhem such as colliding galaxies that can snuff out the lives of countless beings in a single day. Comparatively, our planet is still a garden of Eden. Nonetheless, when cable news and social media report the execution of 50 human lives kneeling in prayer, you could be forgiven for thinking the world is a brutal environment.
On the day of the Christchurch Massacre, I completed the painting above. I worked to make the image as tranquil as possible. Struck by the contrast, I painted placid lines while acutely aware of the fear, anger, and suffering of the world.
My social media feed erupted in a torrent of self-righteous memes designed to blame the slaughter on someone else, anyone else. I observed political targets on all fronts shredded by clever barbs. I too was distracted by the mind-made drama. There is that part of me that feels stupid making peaceful paintings in an angry world. I wondered if I shouldn't more aptly paint my indignation, and try to enlighten the world by making politically aggressive art.
However, as a contemplative, my job is to do the inner work necessary to become intimately aware of that part of myself that is fearful, angry and violent. I titled the painting "Practicing Peace" because a practice is what it takes. Practice, practice, practice. Practice in rush hour traffic, practice with loved ones, practice with "enemies," practice in a world that often appears violent.
As I continue to explore the merger of spiritual practice and art I remain committed to painting peace. I exercise moment to moment reminders of my spacious true nature. I resolve to make art that reminds myself and my audience that our core is calm and equanimity is always available. From that place, we make the best decisions, roll up our sleeves and do the necessary work of helping others.
I endeavor to persevere. I endeavor to Practice Peace.