Friday, May 18, 2012

Refiner's Fire

"Refiner's Fire" 3x5 ft., oil on stretched canvas

“I don't know anyone who actually likes the dark or night-time. I don't care how much they say it doesn't bother them. That's why we used to huddle in caves and light fires when the sun went down."  — Paul Kane

One of the four elements, fire has played a key role in our lives since the beginning of time. It can arise from the coldest and blackest matter. Fire defies gravity and is the force that cleanses —like gold in a furnace—burning away what is no longer needed.

In his book, The Four Elements, John O'Donohue writes, "The fire was dancing. It was full of all kinds of liquid fire shapes. The fire is transfiguration. Here matter changes into nothingness. The fire is the place where form is sacrificed to breath."

Fire brings light and warmth when it's in a fireplace. "Its energy, color and shape are a narrative in themselves that unfurls side by side with the flow of your own consciousness."

This very large 5x3 ft. painting ignited in the hearth of my own heart. I actually painted it awhile back but know that the transforming fire has never rested as it continuously blasts away at the dark corners of my mind and soul.

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