Yesterday was the feast of St. Catherine of Sienna. I recently came upon a quote of hers, “The deepest me is God.” I found this an unequivocal way of saying at the very core of our essence is the Creator. The more I know myself, the more I come to know God. It is an infinite journey within, seemingly knowing there is always more to know. It was from this place of unknowing that I began a painting last week.
My canvas has been prepared and hanging for almost a month. Just last week, I felt the provocation to sit before the empty canvas and meditate. From the meditation arose a clear image of what to lay out on the canvas. At the same time, I understood that this was only the first layer of the painting, the grounding. More would be revealed later. I was being invited to a deeper process of creation; one I will follow as I feel called from within.
I think of the grounding layer as the place I begin, my aloneness. It is the quiet from where comes my voice. This is the place I return, where I can meet once again myself, after having engaged the world in my varied endeavors. I wait here, listening. What will emerge?