Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Transform by Shari Sherman, 2012, 12" x 12"
Some of you may recall the beginnings of this painting that I posted here.  At the time I wasn't sure where it was going, I was just loving how it was evolving. And I absolutely love how it turned out. The original is a little bit bigger than shown here. I'll take more pics and list it and some prints on my ETSY soon.

Here's the story on how this painting came to be...
I have recently made the effort to incorporate more exercise into my routine. After much time spent bemoaning the idea that I have no time...I found some. I spend a crazy amount of time in car line at my daughter's school. There are 2 ways you can go about can get there early and wait...with car off, saving gas, but using a huge time chunk. Or you can get there later, in which you will be moving through the line at a snail's pace with the engine running. Less time up front, more $$ in gas in the end. So, it has been my practice to get there early and usually read or write or catch up on phone calls.
Now, weather permitting, I run. And
There is a county trail and also a park with a walking track just behind the school. So, I've been making good use of my time...
Back to the story of the painting. 
 As I've been running/walking, I've noticed a lot of dragonflies. A LOT. Like SWARMS. They keep me company as I go.
Now, some of you may know that I have been using Animal Medicine cards for quite some time.  If you don't know...animal medicine is the way of the native Americans. They believe as I do, that animals are guides, and if you pay attention you can learn a lot.
I looked up dragonfly and it is all about breaking through illusions and transforming one's self. Illusions can be many things including doubt and self limitations.
The dragonflies are cheering me on as I transform myself through running!!
the dragonfly showing up in my painting. I had been wanting to add some white ink and I have been playing around with the image of ladders lately, so I added a crooked ladder leading up to my amazing red-orange orb ball that I LOVE.
I wanted drippy, Hunter S. Thompson-like wording for Transform, and also at the bottom it reads...
I see it every day and it motivates me. 
And in related happenings, this book jumped off my shelf. I don't remember getting it, but it has what looks like a library book sale sticker on it, so it might have been in a mixed bag. It's spine isn't even cracked. It is fresh and just begging to be ME!
I'm off to run, and if it happens to rain, as it has been every afternoon here in FL, I'll have something juicy to read in car line.
Anyone else transforming?  What new form do you wish to take? I'd love to hear!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Shari Sherman,

    I would love to be able to set fear aside and dare to get into what I most love, which is writing. I love to write, yet being critical with myself, I have tended to procrastinate my ideas onto different writing spaces, such as my journal and my macbook…

    Maybe I should do as you and find courage to make a change and write away without fear of what will happen, and instead hope for the best along the way…

    Elizabeth Aviles


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