So As Above, So As Below
Cold wax and oil on board,
12 x 12 inches
Janet Vanderhoof © 2020
Oil pastel on Fabriano paper
8 x 8 inches
Janet Vanderhoof © 2018
(Janet is one of the few artists
I know who can make an
8 x 8 inch painting look
huge because it holds
so much power.)
work, but I know I was attracted immediately to
her beautiful California landscapes. I've been following
her work for quite a while now. And I love all of it.
I love how she keeps experimenting and trying new
things, new media. I love her colours, her use of paint.
She is soooo good.
A couple of years ago (correct me if this is wrong Janet)
she got me meditating. She invited me into a month
long challenge where we told one another that we had
meditated each day. We ended up continuing for much longer
than a month. I used YouTube meditation videos -- some very short --
as short as five minutes. But even the shortest ones left
me feeling so much calmer, and ready to enjoy and handle
whatever was happening. That practice was definitely
a gift to me.
Now is certainly the perfect time for a short daily meditation.
But that's not all that Janet has done for me. She also posts daily
blessings on Facebook. Her blessings are so kind, and upbeat
that I love them. Some are about having the courage to be
creative. I read them, and notice that they frequently change
what I was thinking, and set the day along a different, better path.
So I raise a glass to Janet for her beautiful work, her
positive impact on my life and art, and her lovely
Have a loving the people in your life day.