If you've been a faithful reader of this blog for a while you may remember when I wrote about acquiring an original work of art by famed regional artist Burton Callicot. While out estate sale shopping a friend and I happened upon several canvases strewn on the lawn at a garage sale. They came with a story and who doesn't like that? You can read all about it here.
I like those small ghostly ships on the large canvas. The scene depicted in the mural is actually a naval battle scene but you can't tell it from my section. I look at them a lot. One day last fall while my son was off having a big adventure out west I happened upon a video from Oprah's Super Soul Sunday series. You can watch the video here.
I thought it was quite an insight. We all think that if we get on the right train when we are 18 or 22 or 35 and get our ticket punched at all the right stations along the way that we'll eventually arrive at the chosen destination. But that isn't how life works at all because it isn't like a train. It's like a sailboat. Winds change. Tides turn. Storms brew. You trim your sail and adjust your course. You change direction. The whole thing, all of it, keeps shifting. We must too. Always getting our new "sea legs."
I decided to make the painting of the ship into my own work of art by incorporating the idea of life as a ship on the sea. The letters are simply made with craft paper and marked with a Sharpie. The simplicity of it is intentional. It's rough and uneven like a message upon the high seas.