I think of being free, no control, no constraints -- a butterfly.

I found a Buddhist meditating figure but also a juggling figure. 

I tried to wash out area surrounding the tropical plant to focus on the vibrant colors, but as I tried to work the paint it became more smeared. There is a point here, that I am limited in what I can do, and also to accept the beauty that is here.

I title this “The Crucible.” My thoughts are on the 1 year anniversary of my wife’s death. I was told I would focus more on the positive memories and less on the sickness and badness of her passing away, and this is true. I created this tree of hope where the green is. This sacred heart image is a reminder that God really cares. God transforms the sadness into awareness of his love.

Accepting beauty where it is and not trying to change it.