lotus two. original painting by kelly barton.
most days, my head spins. the color and ideas that fill can some days be a tad overwhelming. i have sketches tucked away for rainy days. the lotus is one of those icons that brings on the “om”. when i see one, it always makes me stop, take in that deep deep breath and the release.
i often wonder if our release could truly be seen what that would look like. a flow of cluttered words, images and junk that flow out in a cloud of the “brain dump.” it makes me giggle thinking about it.
one day while making tea, i flattened the empty box out and noticed the lotus graphic on the inside of the box. the happy curved petals and the simple lines whose shape and flow always pull me in. i then remembered the 4-5 other tea boxes that i had torn the lotus out for studio inspiration, and this time - i ran up to the studio, grabbed a board and began to find my om.
the funny thing is, this process hasn’t truly been filled with om. i have really struggled to finish these new paintings. and what is up with that? i am painting a peaceful lotus! my brush should just glide and mesh with each color that i add. i shouldn’t once feel all bristled and torn. silly girl you are painting a lotus - SNAP out of it. and so so so.....i take in that deep deep breath and then release. i sit, clear my head and i take in each color and as my breath begins to sync with my body again, the brush glides, my mind flows and eases back into my om.
this week liz and i are finding our “om.” and truly we do it each and everyday. the weeks can get crazy.
some days i have the old film reel playing the scene from the wizard of oz - you know the one where the witch is riding the bike? her legs are frantically peddling with the wind pushing at her. ever feel like that? of course we do, but we have this thing called choice and when we choose to again take that breath - slow down the mind and release - that is the beginning of finding that om. so we ask you how (in this some days crazy world) do you find your om? tell us. the more om the better.