March 2012 – watercolor, colored pencil, ink, gouache, graphite – 15×22″
Statement: New Passage is likely my favorite “scrap painting,” developed from a base of random marks made while the paper served as a drop-cloth behind other paintings. This paper likely shows the outlines of parts from Celebration and Move Through. I’d saved this particular “scrap” for several years, knowing it was beautiful and would one day know its purpose. When it came time to create this New Passage image, I saw a series doorways that conveyed the layers of sometimes messy growth and experience in spiritual development. Along the way we’re given guidance, symbolized by birds here, and insight, traditionally symbolized by the lotus. The same lotus shape appears in Come Through and Surrender. The bird shape is an echo from Bluebird of Happiness.