"Meahpaara" - mixed media on board, 6" x 6"
Three straight days of rain and the studio is beginning to look like a madhouse of projects in process. The dogs are pacing back and forth through the house - the natives are restless. And out from under the paintbrush appears this little creature under a full moon. Clearly, the painter is beginning to feel wild and restless, too!
Meahpaara means "piece of the moon", and she does appear to be lunar to me, casting a little glow in the darkness.
I am reading a fantastic sci-fi book called The Speed of Dark. Though it is futuristic it has a lot of interesting science in it, mostly dealing with brain function as relates to autism. I love when a piece of science fiction is rooted in science enough to make it so credible that I am drawn in completely, and this is one of those books. It deals with a future in which people with autism can choose to have treatments to remove the autism, and whether or not someone can separate who they are from how their brain functions. Would you still be who you are if you changed the way your brain processed information? Hmmmm.
What I do know is changing how I think about things changes the way I feel, which in turn influences choices I make and interactions I have with others. And I believe if I thought in a new way repeatedly over time, it would change who I am in some way. But perhaps people are more fluid than we think, changing over time with what happens both inside and outside, and it is just a matter of directing the change toward the kind of person you want to be.
And now that I have talked myself in a circle (perhaps influenced by both the shape of the moon and the circuitous route the dogs are traveling around my feet), I think I'll curl up on the sofa with this book.
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