Monday, 5 January 2015

Beacon of Light

I signed up for Tamara Laporte's Life Book 2015. It started January 1st. The first project was to create a Beacon of Light ... a representation of our guiding light on the journey. This is my Beacon, a being of light and love, always there to support me with unconditional love an understanding. She has always been there and she will continue to be there. Of this I am sure.

My representation of her glows - all shiny and sparkly with lots of gold paint, ink and gold dust and a few iridescent sparkles thrown in for good measure. Her dress is an aged map and her headband has 9 pearls of wisdom. Her main message is "Love and be loved."

I really enjoyed the process of creating her and knowing that thousands of other people all over the world were also creating similar Beacons of Light including two dear friends who are sharing Life Book with me this year Rosann and Dara!

Somewhere along the line, my ego told me that making whimsical art was frivolous. Not so! I want to make more whimsical art because it is FUN! Creating her was also a reminder that when I slow down and take time to pay attention to the shading and little details on faces, or anything for that matter, it really does make a huge difference - thanks Tam! And, that I like painting on paper; mixing watercolors and acrylics. I'm also happy with NOT outlining everything in black like I usually do.

I found this poem by Ron Orcutt that brought me to tears when I read it because it touched my heart with a resounding "YES!"

You are the one that guides me
When I'm lost in the darkness of night
When I'm adrift on a sea of doubt
You are my guiding light

You are the one who hears my voice
When my words are held within
You are the one that calms me
When my world is crashing in

You are the one I talk to
When no one can understand
You are the one that walks with me
You hold my trembling hand

You are the one who sees me
For what I hope to be
You are the one that lifts me up
To be all that I can be.


  1. She is beautiful! This is a wonderful sharing of your process on the first of many Life Book projects. And I love this poem - great find!