Rising up, bouncing lightly off waves, I become mist, watching shadows, golden-violet blues that meet in greening dawn. I caress the sun, become lover with sky, bird, and curve of heaven, then gently, gently, cascade down as ocean rain.
"NGC 2074 is a large emission nebula with an embedded open star cluster (with the same designation, and which lies just off the top of the image) in the Large Magellanic Cloud – a small satellite of our Milky Way galaxy, located about 163,000 light-years away in the southern constellation of Dorado (the Swordfish).
The image shows only a small portion (of approximately 100 light-years wide) of this energetic emission nebula that lies very close to the Tarantula nebula (30 Doradus), one of the most active star-forming regions in our Local Group of galaxies.
In this fantasy-like landscape, dark towers of dust rise above a glowing wall of gases of the molecular cloud at the bottom, including “the Seahorse’. This seahorse-shaped dark dust structure toward the lower right of this image is a pillar of smoky dust of about 20 light-years long."
Inspired by a photograph of the Northern Mockingbird by Noel Pennington (2012). Permission granted by Mr. Pennington to paint this portrait. https//www.flickr.com/photo/noelpenn/12893648614 Attribution http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) Photo attribution http://www.PhotosForClass.com
Oil on canvas 40 x 30 x 1.5 inches Currently at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Church of the Black Madonna, 138 Beethoven, San Antonio, TX, from 2008 to 2016.
5 x 7 and 2 x 3.5 inches prints and prayer cards available
Exalted Mother in All Forms, Enter and explode my heart, Guide me in right action, That I may be your eyes, That I may hear with your ears, That my soul may rest upon you and love with commanding presence, Within every thought, Within every action, Knowing, without doubt, That you are my Divine Mother; You protect me as a Warrior Walks without fear into darkness, You nurture my soul's stirrings, and You adore me with a love that Surpasses human understanding. I fully claim you, and I am forever yours.
O Christ! how I adore you! You are all I have longed for; when you call me, you are the love that reveals my true self to me. Nothing else can quench me, nothing else can complete me, for the love you represent is so pure, is so all-encompassing that my every question is answered and I bow down in awe before you. My soul is full! I watch it overflow with your love, and I shall embrace you all the days of my life.
Release the lies and illusions that bind your mind to shadow. Let go of the past and false beliefs that ensnare you. My sword is meant to free and not to fight. Choose courage to be who you truly are and the rest will fall away. Claim your heart's wisdom and choose discernment in each moment of your glorious unfolding. I am with you always, so smile! Allow the joy of life to lift you!