Small paintings dot my studio wall near the easel. Sometimes at the end of a day I turn my hand from a larger piece to these “littles”. I might use up some leftover paint or add a mark to one of them before I turn out the lights and close the door. These little ones can hang for months waiting for just the right bit of paint to call them done.
These paintings have begun to feel like tiny jewels to me. They often require as much attention as larger pieces, their essence concentrated into a tiny space, they feel more potent. They can make a small bit of wall or a dead space come alive, the way a necklace makes a simple dress more striking.
As I spend time with them and ponder things, it seems to me that life mimics this interplay of large and small. We pay so much attention to the “big” canvases of our life; our work, our relationships, our health and wellness but sometimes, in a quiet moment we are mesmerized by a small thing. Something reaches through our busyness and urgent plans: the beauty of a rose in our garden, the tang of a fresh summer tomato on the tongue, the sound of an owl calling in the night. Those little things shine through and make us come alive. If we pay attention life can be a knitting together of the small miracles that come our way.
These tiny jewel-like paintings have been reminding me to pay attention to the hidden jewels in my life. They are like a mindfulness bell for my eyes. They wake up both a dark spot in a room and the part of me that sleep walks through life. I am hoping they might do the same for you.
I invite you to explore these tiny jewels and see if one might energize a space in your home or office. Enter the code “LITTLES20” at checkout for 20% off a small work. One of these “littles” can remind you of how precious the small moments are. And one of the pleasures can be finding just the right spot for your new jewel.
Wishing you a life filled with many miraculous moments.
Here’s a link to a few of the littles available: