Photo montage of spilled milk: Photo and collage by Noelle
I’ll confess I like WalMart’s parking lots. I don’t shop the store much, but I tend to roam around with my camera in the parking lot. You find the most wondrous stains outside their stores. Coffee, milk, ice cream and other unidentifiable substances.
Here I give you spilled milk. No tears shed.
Encaustic on wax paper: Collage by Noelle
We’re all made up of scraps and pieces – some bright and colorful as peacock feathers, while others dull as mud. Separately, maybe nothing much, but thrown together within you – beautiful.
Celebrate your ragged edges and your patched up holes. You are, at once, as common as a white button and as wild as the Helix nebula exploding in the constellation of Aquarius.
Tree and Stone: Photo montage by Noelle
“The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there’s no ground.”
-Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
River bank collage in gold and purple: Photo by Noelle
I did not understand the loss
Not the switchbacks in direction
Nor the unfulfilled need
I did not see the change
Or the push of the envelope
The strain to see
I hated the destruction
Crushed and laid barer
Than the hull without its seed
Down to bone you left me
Naked and exposed
Winds of confusion whipping me clean
Standing in dirt
Vines sprung up, wrapping
My naked bones with leafy tweed
Vines bore flowers that brought the bees
That pollinated my blossoms
With your divine beads
Which grew ripe and colorful fruit
That attracted the birds that took up
Nests in my mind to feed
Laying eggs of inspiration
All babies learning to fly
And then I knew I did see
Such a deep appreciation
For having been torn asunder
Destroyed and sanded to a reed
I was never the hull
Always the seed
And in muddied dirt You and I grew me
Photo montage by Noelle
“Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” -Richard Wright
Run Off: Photo montage by Noelle
This is a composite piece from a photo I took of sprinkler run off, layered with spliced sections of two poster paintings. One from The Mind Unleashed Facebook page and the other from Hippie Peace Freaks Facebook page completing the collage.
It is clear I long for balance, as each piece has a composition that embraces balance and harmony. Balance, proportion and color bring a sense of forward motion and ignite a creative hunger.
Yet, there is also a need for bits of asymmetry. Pieces that are slightly off center that bring the piece into a different kind of harmony and nurture creative innovation. An expansion that moves beyond yourself into larger views. I call it the balance of “off”. A tension that comes from being at a harmonious odd with the world around you. It is the threads in the tapestry intentionally mis-woven. The grace that comes with imperfection and the uniqueness that can only be found in what is slightly off the beaten trail.
Each person needs to find their way and I will merely pose here that the “Balance of Off” is a potent and surprisingly harmonious path to take. The Chinese understood this as yin-yang and sought it out in the balancing of their homes and lives. Apparently, I seek this too, both without and within.