This piece has handmade papers collaged on it and lots of layers of paint and other mediums so it is very textured and layered. It ended up mostly blue and very calm, even though it didn’t start out that way. It now lives in Ireland thanks to one of Mark’s law partners who bought it.
This painting was born out of a deep place of peace. Our family went to Hong Kong in 2013 for a short 6 months as Mark covered one of his partners on maternity leave. I had very few demands on my time and no regular schedule to keep. My son was busy with 10thgrade life and the freedom that HK allows a teenager. My daughter was back in the US starting her freshman year in college. I managed to fill a taxi with canvases and paints so I could relax and explore under no pressure.
This 6 months away was a time for me to hit “pause” on my day to day life as I knew it in Westport, CT. I had time to reflect on all the things I was obsessing about and how I had become this person who struggled to be content. Who knew that half a year in Asia would be the open door to a new life for me back home? It truly was.
Before we left for Hong Kong, I attended a small gathering called a “JOG”, which stands for Journey of Generosity. A group of women met and discussed the topics of money and giving in a very safe way over a day and a half. The content really stirred me up and gave me a lot to think about as the days passed. I found myself mentally undoing the life we had built back in the States and began to imagine one filled with new adventures. The kind that aren’t logical or even prudent. Generosity adventures…giving at a level I had never considered before.
I made peace with this future unknown when we were in Hong Kong. Amidst the hustle and bustle, lights, sounds and smells of that amazing place, something new was beginning. God was preparing my heart, mind and soul. I still had a long way to go, but I was feeling ready to start changing everything. I spent a lot of time praying that Mark would eventually be there, too.
I rested a lot and tapped into a stillness that was beautiful…that is, until we got invaded by monkeys in Bali. But that’s another story.