“Pay Attention” 4×4, oil on canvas

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” –Mary Oliver

Twenty days in, and I’m still not sure I’ve found that rhythm yet. If not now, then when? Guess I’ll keep trucking along. I bought a protractor and compass set at the drug store a couple months ago when I realized there were only so many jars and lids that could give me the circle shapes I was after. 

My four dollar compass feels just about right as the tool to use in a painting where I’m trying, however successfully or not, to imbue my subject with a sense of the sacred. I love paradox mostly because I think it always gets us closer to the truth even when we can’t quite grasp it all the way.

All my paintings from the month will be available February 3 at the gallery and online February 6. If you’re local to the coast, please consider joining us for the 31 in 31 celebration at the gallery. Click the image below for more information. 

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Written by Denise Hopkins

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