Cactus Gallery LA
RISE by artist Jen Raven
Acrylic and ink on artist-wrapped canvas, 11" x 14"
'Rise' tells a story of the journey back, to the surface, after a visit down, into the Dark. This painting depicts that place of in-between, where both light and dark are equally accepted, valued, and respected.
Regular journeys down into the Dark are a necessary part of who I am, and I accepted that about myself long ago. I don't fight on the way down, as I once did; because I know that I can, and will, find my way back again, when it is time.
There is nothing inherently wrong about the Dark. Rather; when we deny these essential parts of our own selves, we create stress and difficulty that manifests itself in unhealthy ways ~which we then blame on the Dark, rather than on our own lack of self-acceptance.
My journeys into the Dark continue to prove useful upon return to the surface; I gain new insights with each round trip; I return 'pregnant' with deeper understandings, which often become valuable new concepts applied to my work, valuable new lessons applied to my life.
For more, visit Jen's blog: http://www.jenraven.com/nest/rise6756383