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I am pleased to introduce the 4th installment of "The Stories Behind the Story" series. I have eight more tales lined up, and I can't wait to continue this adventure with you. This story recalls a “CHERISHED MEMORY: Harmony by the Sea.”
“Hanging out with my siblings in the sultry heat, smelling the salt air, and listening to the water lapping against the shore with us happily playing was a time to hold dear.”
As the series continues, I will share more personal stories related to the theme of concealing and revealing, which inspires my artwork.
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Let me know if this story resonates with you. I can't wait to hear your thoughts.
CHERISHED MEMORY: Harmony by the Sea
When you recall a special calm memory, are you transported back to that place? Where is it?
As an artist…I store memories as snapshots of which one is the West Coast of Florida. This place is where my family's summer beach vacations shifted after my grandmother's move to the Sunshine State. The vastness of the Gulf of Mexico, though different from the ocean of the East Coast we had previously visited, never failed to captivate me. How daylight penetrated the water and reflected from the white sand bottom was enchanting. It created a stunning array of blue hues along the shore.
Mysterious deep waters
One of my favorite activities in this breathtaking setting was snorkeling. I spent time on two sand bars near the beach - the first near the shore and the second farther offshore. The deep waters between the two were mysterious, and I couldn't touch the bottom with my toes. Yet, despite my apprehension, I was drawn to the crystal-clear water on the sand bars. Here, I could see everything on the sandy floor, from sand dollars to shells inhabited by marine life. Schools of little fishes darted back and forth, adding to the allure of this underwater wonderland. I was in a state of calm.
Finding a state of peace
Have you had a similar experience where you found a state of peace? Is there a sense of relief in this memory? During a memorable visit to Florida, I experienced no sibling conflict. What everyone wanted to do was in alignment, and that was to have some fun. So the outcome was what I wanted, too, and there was peace. During this trip, we hung out and enjoyed the place where my grandmother was living. There was an immense lap pool just a step away from the beach. We swam and splashed water at each other with laughter. We could play hide and seek in the small dunes just north of the pool.
Hanging out with my siblings
In the afternoon, we would climb to the apartment building's roof and watch the storms in the far distance, creating waterspouts. And, in the early evening, when we still had sunlight, we would investigate the surrounding neighborhood. Hanging out with my siblings in the sultry heat, smelling the salt air, listening to the water lapping against the shore, and happily playing was a time to hold dear. During this trip, I didn't have to hide my feelings because there wasn't any conflict.
How do we find harmony?
I remember the peaceful moments to find calm in times of tension. However, I am only sometimes successful. That's ok. No one is perfect when emotions are involved. We can only try again to remain calm. So, it makes sense to be in that state not to worsen an emotionally charged situation. How do we find harmony? Do we think about the time and place where we found it? Can we find the inner quiet space to respond accordingly to diffuse the situation? In the end, does anyone want conflict?
I am big on resolving conflict and finding common ground. Conflict takes too much energy out of our lives. So, let's pursue finding harmony to have fun no matter what and where we are.
Whenever my thoughts drift to the Gulf of Mexico, I can't help but recall the sea's deep range of blue and turquoise and vibrant colors that dotted the shore. In this drawing, I took some artistic color license to capture the essence of this cherished memory with more of my favorite color, blue.
THE NEXT STORY
Kaleidoscopic Chamber: A Magical Morning of Gratitude - YELLOW
“The underlying structure of this magical experience filled me with awe as I soaked it all in.”
“There is a saying, "Stop and smell the roses." But unfortunately, we fill life with commitments and obligations, so being in the moment is challenging.”
“Being in the moment can help us to recognize that we can be thankful for what we have and not focus on what we don't have.”
REVEALED FAITH STATEMENT: The big story behind all the drawings
Who are we? How much do we conceal? My inquiry begins with the history of the Crypto-Jews who outwardly converted during the Inquisition but continued to practice their religion, disguising it ingeniously from the authorities. Yet, even in secrecy, traces were revealed to those who knew where to look. This is just one example of how people have historically hidden their true selves. Even today, individuals often mask their identity out of fear of rejection.
Through my artwork, I explore and reconcile the uneasy feelings associated with revealing my chosen faith, Judaism. How much should I make known? When you examine my drawings, you will notice concealed Hebrew words peaking out from their abstract surroundings. I hope my artwork will encourage others to feel comfortable expressing their true selves.