Be Still and Listen

I decided to finish this painting for the 4th Fall Fearless and Fly challenge since 2 of the prompts fitted really well:

The color prompt was:   Cool colors (blues, greens, violets, etc.)

and the headline prompt was:  Security:  What makes you feel safe and secure?  What rattles your sense of security?  Where do you go for comfort and refuge?

It has been through a number of permutations and has been hanging around for ages whilst I felt uninspired as to how to finish it.

When I considered what makes me feel safe and secure I realised that I am most comfortable when I am not thinking insecure thoughts. When my mind quietens and the mental chatter stops I am left with a sense of peace that almost goes beyond safety and security. At such times I truly know that all is well.

When the chatter starts up again and I am thinking insecure thoughts I worry about stuff in the future and create fear and insecurity. But beneath that the peace is always there. It just gets covered up by busy thinking. “Be Still and Listen” is a reminder of that.

Here’s the quote prompt which I didn’t use: You can’t make a place for yourself in the sun if you keep taking refuge under the family tree.  Helen Keller.


Linking to Craftomaniac Monday

16 comments to “Be Still and Listen”

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  1. Katja Symons - 26 Nov, 2012 Reply

    cool stuff!! 3P in art 😉

  2. Karen - 26 Nov, 2012 Reply

    This is just lovely, and a wise piece of advice to boot x

  3. Jenny Grant - 27 Nov, 2012 Reply

    I like the saying!!

  4. Lynn McMillan - 30 Nov, 2012 Reply

    I love the texture in this and such a true statement!

  5. Carolyn Dube - 30 Nov, 2012 Reply

    You are so right about the chatter! Love the depth of your words (both literally and figuratively)! This is good reminder for me today as a whirlwind day begins- thank you – I needed this! So glad you are a part of Fall Fearless and Fly!

  6. Jessica Sporn - 30 Nov, 2012 Reply

    What a beautiful piece. As I was still and just looked at it and breathed, I noticed the layers of gesso with the beautiful turqouise shining through. Lovely, lovely painting. Thank you for joining FF&F!

  7. Mary C. Nasser - 30 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Wonderful interpretation of the prompt!!
    I love the quiet, too.
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  8. Gillian - 30 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Thank you all for your kind words. I needed them today. In a bit of a funk. But at least I got my roots done so it’s not all bad. 🙂

  9. Annette G - 30 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Terrific interpretation of the prompt. Happy PPF, Annette x

  10. Linda K - 30 Nov, 2012 Reply

    What a lovely affirmation-great layers! Happy PPF and FF & F!

  11. Debbie - 30 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful colors, textures and words. Nice job!

  12. sandra sherman - 01 Dec, 2012 Reply

    This is a lovely piece of work, i love the layers, colours and textures. Such inspiring words too 🙂

  13. carlarey - 03 Dec, 2012 Reply

    Good advice and lovely art, all wrapped up in one. Can’t ask for more than that.

  14. Karen Smithey - 05 Dec, 2012 Reply

    What great texture! you’ve got here–I especially love what you did with the letters!

  15. Robin - 16 Mar, 2013 Reply

    I’m loving everything about this. The saying, colors, layer and textures. Nice job! I found you on the Craft-O-Maniac Party. I also host a party at 6pm on Tuesday’s Fluster’s Creative Muster and would be thrilled if you linked up this post.

    Hugs, Smiles and Blessings,


    • Gillian - 16 Mar, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Robin. I’ve made a note to link up next Tuesday!

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