Hygge, pronounced hue-guh, is a Danish word. It embodies a conscious awareness of slowing down and enjoying the present. It can be a feeling. It is the creation of security, comfort and simplicity.
I’ve been creating a body of work for the last several years that I call my “Life Stills”. I am seeking the extraordinary in the ordinary and the imaginative in the mundane. I am attempting to bring you back into the moment of what is, reminding you to slow down and take notice…..to appreciate what you have before you.
We’ve all heard of the body-mind-spirit connection. I believe that human beings have the potential to function like well-oiled machines. If we can build and strengthen the body-mind-spirit interplay, we can evolve into fully operational, high efficiency, livers-and-lovers-of-life.
BODY Just like vehicles need gasoline to operate, we, as humans, need to eat healthy and nutritious food to fuel our bodies. While it’s important to move our bodies to get the blood flowing and the heart pumping, it’s as equally important to know when our bodies need to rest, relax, and sleep.
MIND It’s not always easy to pay attention to our thoughts, but we need to. Our thoughts can be the villain, or the hero. They can be the culprit, or the saint. It’s fascinating when you truly understand that you’re in the driver’s seat. Thoughts can be whatever you want them to be.
SPIRIT When we can connect to something bigger than ourselves, we are imbued with a sense of empowerment, safety, and most importantly, what it means to love……ourselves, as well as others. There is no singular way in which seekers of a spiritual connection find their path. The unfolding of that path can be excruciating, but ultimate freedom is what lies in wait.
The paintings below are part of a body of work that I began over 10 years ago. At that time, I had no conscious concept or understanding of the body-mind-spirit connection. It’s obvious to me now that my creativity process at the time was assisting these elements to percolate to the surface of my consciousness.
Acrylic on Canvas.
“Lost in a Book”
Acrylic on Canvas
“Having an Off-Balance Day”
Acrylic on Canvas