painting the unconscience


I will not stop at the valley brook
I will not stop at the valley brook

I started this painting with a zen quote…..’I will not stop at the valley brook, for fear my shadow may flow into the world.’

     I painted the figure and the trees in the background, thinking I was illustrating the poem. But when I was finished, a friend of mine asked if the 3 figures were muslum women.
     I started to look very closly at this piece and came to the conclusion that I had subconsciously painted my son. He was serving in Iraq at the time.
The figure looks  to be wearing camoflage and is standing in a desert sand storm.
   To say the least…I was floored. It was not my intention of painting Brian. But there he is.
    It is amazing to me that I always seem to put my own life into my art without realizing it.