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Paint the Sky with Stars

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Paint The Sky With Stars - Acrylic on Canvas

Acrylic on canvas 24" x 30" 2010

"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.”
(Excerpt from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann)

The completion of this piece during International Women's Week is quite relevant to the events taking place right now promoting women’s rights and celebrating their strength. An incarnation of the White Muse, this painting shares most of The White Muse’s core symbolism:
  • Her shape made of white light contains all the colors of the rainbow representing the creative force of her spirit.
  • Gold and yellow represent intellect and mental concentration.
  • Purple stands for intuition and inspiration.
  • Her body represents movement, bringing together the two elements setting the creative process in motion. She shines from the darkness of nothingness and manipulates her surroundings to create new forms and colors.

As she whirls her veils in a spirited dance across the Cosmos, she leaves trails of stars igniting the night sky in a blaze of colors. Her energy and will drive the foundling stars circling in a whirlpool of light reminiscent of a galaxy being born as the ancient stars in the distance witness the spectacle.

This piece was inspired by the title of Enya’s song, "Paint the Sky with Stars". I always tried to imagine what the process would feel like if you could actually paint the sky with stars and make the universe your canvas. And if we take a step further, how would you interpret the words, “Paint the Sky with Stars”?

Most people who know me know that I enjoy studying astrology and its signs to a certain degree. The concept of having your fate written in the stars and the opportunity to peek into the future is understandably appealing to many. However, I refuse to accept the belief that my options in life have been fixed and predetermined by forces beyond my own choices, capabilities and actions. I refuse to surrender my will to the roles that external forces and society in general tend to pigeonhole people into.

Is there such a thing as destiny? And if so, to what degree are our lives bound by it? It may be true that I might have been predestined to have the capability to paint. But what good are our abilities if not put to action? Everything from the creation of a book, the building of a bridge, to the expansion of an empire all owe their beginnings to single ideas put to action. Will, if set in motion, far surpasses natural ability and circumstance put together.

What the stars offer are but roadmaps, and only you can choose the route you wish to take. Read the stars, but write your destiny.