The Story of "Becoming"
Nov 09, 2018
An inside look at a painting that reflects life's transformations
'Becoming' is a process of growth… of coming into being. It is more than a superficial word of flattery (that suit is very 'becoming' on you…) It is a recognition of something new being born. Often the process of becoming is slow and is not without pain or loss... we must let go of what we were in order to become who we are becoming.
I recently completed a commissioned piece for a dear friend who has been a long-time supporter. As I worked on the painting and allowed the image to unfold in a very slow and deliberate way, it was as if I were intently listening to a subtle voice who was giving me clues about this friend’s soul direction. He and I had talked previously and I took notes about his life path. I learned about his difficult childhood in which he was bullied for his lack of confidence, and how he grew up in a place that couldn’t fully accept his for who he was. I learned how, many years later, he found teachings that made more sense to him and how in recent years he has been called to walk the path toward leadership--serving and making a difference for others.
From fear and shame to courage and commitment, this friend is living a transformed life. In his words: “The moment I say yes, I allow transformation. It happens in an instant.” He shared with me how he’ll take anything on now. On the court of life he is playing the game full out.
In this painting, the themes of life and transformation shine boldly in vibrant hues of orange and golden pink. What was previously held down now bursts forth with vitality in a supported way. Whatever darkness was previously holding us back can become the launching pad when the time is right. But it’s a process.
As the painting morphed and changed along the way, the following phrases popped up for me at various stages and I jotted them down…
- A seed
- A diamond in the rough
- A sweet boy
- A tulip on fire
- Taking flight
- Rising & blooming
- Bloom of becoming
Prints of this piece are now available!
(Multiple media options and wall preview tool available)
The commission was a Patreon reward from the highest level... Any patron who supports me on Patreon at the $100/mo level for at least a year gets a personalized gift commission of an original painting up to 30 x 30”.