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But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion.” – Sylvia Plath

Every life can be learned from, as either a flame of hope or a cautionary flare.” – Richard Paul Evans

Flash point is the moment at which someone or something bursts into action or being, such as an outbreak or flare-up.

This painting is the center of a volcano.  The blasts of colors are flares of passion and the emergence of hope as it erupts from your soul.

May you begin to explore the depths of your passions and watch them burst into action this new year.

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They can put me in a jungle. Still, I can create.” – M. F. Husain

The jungle is a dense labyrinth of overgrown trees and unruly wildlife.  It is synonymous with entanglement and puzzling riddles. This painting illustrates a chaparral or thick brush as it consumes its surroundings.

When life bogs you down and you feel as if you were lost in a jungle of fragmented thoughts and feelings, finding your way out can be overwhelming. In those moments you can choose to let it take over or you can create a new atmosphere around you.

Reach for enlightenment this holiday season and give yourself room to breathe.

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I’m going to search for my star until I find it. It’s hidden in the drawer of innocence, wrapped in a scarf of wonder.” – Michael Jackson

In this painting, Ralph White captures a moment so transient that it is out of focus, allowing us to interpret the action in our own way. The effective use of white adds to the feeling of a girl rushing through the air itself. Her features remain obscured as does her mission.  Her dress blends with the trees and the air, and we do not know for sure where nature ends and where she begins.  She is a glimpse, and it is up to us to determine why she is there.

The fun of this painting is the creation of the girl’s story, which is clearly up to the viewer to determine.  Is she running scared?  Is she playing an innocent game on a warm summer evening?  Is the scarf for warmth or is it a delicate decoration?  Because the imagery is blurry, we can draw upon a wealth of possibilities to explain it.

The Scarf is an invitation to adjust one’s perspective, to change one’s way of thinking and seeing.  We are challenged to stop the action, to study a single fragment of time.  In that instant, everything becomes nothing, and we are set free from our prejudice.  Like the scarf, we are merely a flash of red in the wind.

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I think art is not an ornament or refinement at the fringes of human intelligence, I think it’s at the center. It’s at the core.” – Robert Pinsky

Some say that art is elective or voluntary. So how do you explain that your soul craves the expression of beauty in everything you see?  How do you describe the feeling of color or your gravitation to undefined concepts in need of discovery?  Art is exploration and a continuous effort to create and inspire others. It breaks through boundaries and defies logic and intuition.  It is the center of your character.

This painting named Core is the essence of discovery.  It is at the core of your being that you find limitless beauty and the desire to create.

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From a little spark may burst a flame.” – Dante Alighieri

A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.” – Carl Jung

An inferno is any place or state resembling hell.

This painting is called Inferno as it exhibits a fire raging out of control.  This haunting pageant of purgatory represents your soul in transition.  There’s a constant war within us battling for peace and justice. 

This painting is an expression of endurance.  The fire that flares up in your soul is passion.  Passion is the drive to make things happen.

How great is the inferno of your soul?

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Flaming Sunset

The sunset caught me, turned the brush to copper, set the clouds to one great roof of flame above the earth.” – Elizabeth Coatsworth

The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the color that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.” – Ram Charan

This painting Flaming Sunset is Mother Nature’s masterpiece.  The sky is her canvas with the haze and clouds being the brush strokes of color.  The sun and moon are lamps for igniting the flames of color and sweeps of shadows.  She expresses every force of creation through her beauty.

May you continue to look around you in awe for each detail of treasure that Mother Nature brings forth.

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Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Changes are like waves rolling back and forth.  They can bring great opportunities or painful growth.  As humans, we tend to resist change as it causes an upheaval of comfort.  Embracing change is always a gamble.

This painting is called Rogue Wave as it represents a shift in tides.  It reminds us that while we may not be able to control what happens around us, we can roll with the waves of change and embrace the growth that comes along.

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Making a dream come true is like taking control of an airplane high up in the stratosphere and landing it safely on the ground – a measure of forethought, skill and courage is definitely required.” – Silvia Hartmann

The stratosphere is a layer of the earth’s atmosphere which extends upward above the surface of earth.

This painting is called Stratosphere as it features a flow of cosmic rays symbolizing positive energy.  These rays are glowing reminders of the visions in each of us for a deeper meaning of life.  When you take in positive energy around you, it is visible from the outer parts of the earth.

How are you producing positivity around you?

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The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.” – Ezra Pound

A vortex is a whirling mass such as a whirlpool, flame, or tornado.  It draws in everything around it and causes a powerful current of chaos and disarray.

This painting is called Vortex and it was inspired by an emotional flux.  The spinning motion in this painting leads to the center of enlightenment and self-preservation.  Amid the chaos, we must learn to meditate on renewed ideas and positive energy.  This effective release is a pivotal moment for progression and the restoration of the soul.

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Ideas are like birds. If you don’t keep them, they fly away.  If you write them down, they become birds of aviary; anytime you want to hear them tweet, you visit them.” – Unknown

A delightful tribute to creatures of the air, Aviary features several images of birds.  Some are evident while others require the imagination to coax into view. 

The colors in the painting are bold and expressive as to highlight the blending of the seen and the unseen as well as the willingness of the soul to take flight.

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