I’ve never been a big fan of grey…color is my muse, black and white is cool, but grey? Boring, neutral, non-committal, not included in my palette, in art, or really, much in life.
I always had strong opinions, even though some of what I believe has changed over time, I hold what I currently believe to be true with great tenacity. It has been shocking to me to see that MANY others do not believe as I do, but rather, hold opposing views that I judge as absolutely abhorrent; acts of hate, perpetuation of inequality, devaluing human life, careless misuse of Mother Earth.
Times of challenge are always eased when I retreat to the studio and create. When in doubt, doodle…and just having taken a class from the marvelous artist Kathi Hofferth, I chose some grey paper, and set out with black marker and pencil, white marker and pencil, and what you cannot see is the addition of the silver foil! As I created, the heart inserted itself firmly in the center, peace symbol surrounding, and yin and yang were added (the balance of dark and light), along with spirals and what appear to me to be exclamation points.
Reflecting on what seems to be a time of unprecedented polarity, I find there is a place, even a need for grey. To hold positions with such ferocity increases the illusions of distance and cements disagreements in place.
From Mike Dooley of Tut.com
Actually, Vikki, everyone is reasonable.
They just have their own reasons.
And usually it’s worth trying to learn what they are to maximize chances of a full-blown, 60’s style, psychedelic lovefest. Which is always a good thing.
So I played with the grey and the mandala energy gave me something beautiful. I realize that I spend lots of time trying to keep things stable and comfortable, when in these times, the ability to embrace change moment to moment is much more valuable. The image of a dog with its head out of the window in a speeding car comes to mind…why do they love that? Wind in their eyes and fur, tongue hanging out, not what I would choose, but can I learn to appreciate it? I AM learning to love grey.