A Man

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     Zen, Art & Poetry


Painting: the desert will bloom like the rose

2nd in the series: “The Four Desires that drive all Human Behaviors.”



     The first painting of this series was “The Seat of Virtue.” In this painting, the middle-aged woman grasps opting, even if so tentatively, letting her sexuality bloom. It is the depiction of a second adolescence. It is a courageous decision like the decision of a fragile flower to grow in the desert. Maybe, it is not even a choice. It was where the seed fell. But here she goes, pure against all odds. Even if only a feeble stem. Its beauty is not necessarily in its strength but in its vulnerability


     Stem – steam – esteem. Paintings and dreams come from the same source. Therefore, I feel compelled to talk about my paintings as I would interpret a dream. My major in college was Psychology. And, a great part of my education dedicated to understanding dreams. One method used to interpreted dreams is called free association. That is why I started this paragraph with the sequence of words stem – steam – esteem.

     It is almost incredible how these homophone words say so much about this painting. The steam of the flower is a symbol of the second steam (second wind) of a middle-aged woman. And, how that is intimately connected to this woman's self-esteem and her love for life and living.

     The name of the painting (The Desert will Bloom like the Rose) was inspired by a passage from the bible:

      “The wilderness and the land will be glad; the desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose. It will bloom profusely               and rejoice with joy and singing.”  -  Isaiah 35:1


     The fragile flower in the painting in a woman flowing out from the desert that she had become in all her possibilities, all included, from her sexuality to her divinity. Her navel is the blood Moon, he left nipple is the Moon, and her right nipple is the Lilith, the black moon. The desert that she has become will bloom through the full enjoyment of her sexuality.