Rebirth, 1989

When I taught yoga in 1987, since I was following a theme of how to unite one's lifepath and soulforce, I used to bring "SoulCards," and we each picked one, and then spoke on what it reminded us of, or what message it might contain that would help us in our direction.

When I pulled this card, I knew, after my marriage had ended, that I had to open all the closed places within and re-find myself as an artist and poet, and continue on whatever strange and difficult but hopefully fruitful path that would take me.

I painted the image that you see above onto the large canvas I began working on, and from which I have posted an Angelic Whorl. She is a flying, whirling seed who has landed, who must begin the process of what would turn out to be a long, and painful rebirth, a process which still hasn't completed itself, ten years later.

Deborah Koff-Chapin


  1. Anonymous6:48 PM

    Sometimes I have 'visions' in meditation, and always think I should paint them, but...(blah blah, excuses excuses, etc....:-}
    Anyhow, this painting reminds me of that.

    Yow! Brenda! You are changing things a lot in here. I will come back when I have more time to hang around a while.

  2. Come to think of it, I've written about 'visions' but never tried to paint them. Too difficult, I think! But lots of artists have, and perhaps it would be a fruitful path to explore in paint. I tend to focus more on the manner of painting (colours, fluidity, shapeshifting forms) and the state of mind during painting than on the actual subject matter, though of course the subject matter is inseparable from the process which created it. Yes, do paint your visions! I'd love to see them.


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