Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ocean Dreamer





“I must be a mermaid.  


I have no fear of depths.



...and a great fear of shallow living.”

~Anais Nin


I always think of the surface of the ocean as the mythical veil between worlds. Like the veil between God or Spirit and human awareness.



  If you've ever been snorkeling, you'll understand exactly what I mean.  To look across the vast surface of the ocean, it appears a limitless moving mass without a hint of the teeming life just beneath..  But just bow your head and look beneath the surface and a whole beautiful world comes into focus.  



As above, so below...a wonderful reminder that the unimaginable beauty of the world of spirit can be accessed by simply bowing our heads.


May grace and spirit find you awake.
Shelly

Ocean Dreamer - Acrylic - 24x36" ©Shelly Penko 2012



16 comments:

  1. Hi Shelly, came to visit via your post in Magically Mixed Art on FB and am now following (I think!) - your art is beautiful, so vibrant and full of life! I am just about to take my first steps into blogging too - I hope I can create a space as lovely as yours. Louise

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    1. Hi Louise, thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post! Please let me know when you start your blog so I can follow yours too! ♥

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  2. i love your post!! I have scuba dived and snorkelled and I believe you've captured it perfectly!! So true about bowing our heads :) I'll have to share this one....

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    1. Thank you, Fi! I'm so glad another snorkeler/ diver understands. I wasn't sure if it would come across as I feel it. Sometimes those feelings are hard to put into words. And of course I'd be honored if you share it! ♥

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  3. Love this, it's so meaningful, Shelly.
    And, "As above, so below. As below, so above."

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    1. Thank you, Lucy. I'm so glad you stopped by! ♥

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  4. Shelly your blog and your art are beautiful and yes, lush. Thanks for sharing your blog address on magically mixed art community.

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    1. Thanks so much for the compliments, Louise. It means a lot to me that you took the time to stop by. ♥

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  5. LOVE! And this is making me long for another vacation in the FL Keys!! Stunning work, totally capturing the mood of it- very peace-filled. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Me too, Jess! There's some nice snorkeling in the keys! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I so appreciate it! ♥

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  6. Love your paintings She
    Ly and your insight and simile. X

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    1. Aw, thank you, Phyllis. I'm so glad you came by, you've made my day! ♥

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  7. Just lovely, Shelly. Very rich colors. Hope your day is feeling blessed.

    Coleen in Ukraine

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  8. Thank you so much, Coleen. I hope your day has been blessed too!

    I had a great day! I met my Mom and some friends for happy hour, we had free Mexican food, margaritas and lots of great girl talk. ♥

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  9. I love these paintings, and the quote too. I am a snorkel fanatic. I just love seeing that other world below the surface.

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    1. Thanks, Tricia. I am happy to meet another snorkel fanatic. It is amazing to see that whole world beneath the surface isn't it? I wish I could go now! :)

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Hello, Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!