Night Fires

Pamela Phelps

Phillipsport, United States

Artist's Description

December, Night Fire Moon: Nuupapana
Meditation:

December’s great path of the moon is “suffering”.
Out of suffering comes compassion for people we never noticed before, those in a crowd whose eyes we cannot meet.
Out of suffering comes appreciation of what was overlooked before: a sunset, a dawn, a butterfly, the delicate movement of light on a wall.
How long does anything last? What is the nature of your suffering? Illness or accident? Something you did not do right? It is too late for regret.
If the stones of suffering are too heavy, drop them. If pain is unbearable, imagine another world of white light. Pink blossoms. A gentle flowing stream. Music. The laughter of children.
Make yourself live in this imaginary place until the pain moves on. There is a reason for your suffering. Pain is part of the lesson. Tell it to scour your heart. Pain is a way to acquire new eyes and ears. To be quiet when you have always spoken. To take a journey when you’d rather stay at home. To do with your hands one thing that you are really proud of.
Pain will make it beautiful. Pain makes reality possible. This day is a gift. Do not waste a single moment.
Hold snow in your hand until it melts. Notice the color of the sky. Listen to the wind. Watch a bird flying south. Smell winter on the wind.
Suffering is the transformation of the self into a sharper, clearer world. There, loving kindness begins.
~Taken from “Dancing Moons” by Nancy Wood

Personal dream interpretation, representational of the Snow Moon approach as the Winter Solstice is soon to begin its journey. Dreams were of all things entwined in this artwork, true visions of the owls as they perched upon my sills at night, figuratively the wolves shown represent my two dogs who have stood guard over me for days now as fevers of 103 raged, pulling me into a symbolic state of death and into rebirth, emergence from the womb of nature, darkness, and into the light once recovery is complete.

Composed in Photoshop and Twisted Brush. Main mandala created in Twisted brush, branches of white oak and paper birch used to wrap the framing circles, along with wines and leaves. Feathers, bead work, herons, wolves, bears, moon phase created with brushes in Photoshop. Ravens, basket, drums, rattles courtesy of Jinxmim of Deviant Art, barn owl by Hyperactive of Deviant Art. layered and some styles added in Photoshop.

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