12" x 16" x 0.75", acrylic and pastel on gallery wrapped linen. Wired and ready to hang!
Do you ever get caught up in the always/never trap? Like when you are in conflict with someone and your brain starts using phrases like “He *always* does this...” or “She will *never* change...”. Or maybe you use these stories when you are down on yourself, saying you’ll never get to the goal you want or that you always fail. It’s such an easy trap to fall into and the language can feel difficult to overcome when you are overwhelmed by emotion... ultimately it is a dangerous way to think, threatening our ability to change and grow, and threatening our confidence and self-worth. Last week during a (now insignificant) conflict, I could hear the lies in my head immediately jumping to this language. It’s been a strange experience to feel the call to stop and examine the voices in my head at the prompting of this painting project. Though it wasn’t easy, and like that dark shape in the bottom right, my emotions felt heavy and forward and made it difficult to shift gears, I was able to let it go.
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