Deepak Chopra talks about the Wizard – that’s his name for the inner voice guiding you to do what you’re supposed to be doing. In my language, that would be the voice that I was ignoring for a few years while I “invested in my life”. Ha.
So when I was invited to join the Ontario Plein Air Society Competition in August this year, I knew it was time to listen to that inner Wizard. It really, really wanted me to go and try. My mind had other thoughts: you’re too busy. You’ll be too exhausted (I was working 3 hours from my home until late the night before!). Your plein air work is not good enough, yet.
But I knew it was time to give the Wizard some respect. Early that morning I found my spot: a beautiful pond where the only sounds came from toads plopping into the water, and turtles sunning themselves. There was a boiling, moody sky and I knew I wanted to capture it.
For the next three hours my challenge was to quiet my mind and give the Wizard his due.
I was surprised in the end to find a painting that really captured the mood of the day. And I was honoured to win an award in the event! So, perhaps the Wizard knows more than the mind, after all.
What is your Wizard telling you?
I was honoured to receive 3rd place in the Ontario Plein Air Society Competition, August 19th 2017 in Norval Ontario, for “the Wizard’s Way”.
My sincere thanks go out to:
- OPAS: For supporting this event
- Judy Daley, Helson Gallery Curator: for creating a wonderful event for us artists!
- Neville Clarke: Juror, and an incredible artist – thank you for your comments and encouragement!
The Wizard’s Way, 10″x12″ Oil on Canvas (Plein Air), 2017