Saturday, July 10, 2010

What's Hiding Under Your Bed?

Saving the Sun, mixed media painting on foam core, 4' x 5'

My partner and I bought a new bed frame this weekend (impetus: so I can store my mini trampoline under it!) and discovered this old art piece sandwiched between the box spring and mattress when we disassembled the bed. 

When I found this piece, I had that feeling you get when you find money in an old birthday card, or when you find that one sock that has been missing its pair.

I created this painting in 2007 in honor of the one-year anniversary of my business. The little superhero bird with the "W" on his chest is my partner Walter, who has always been my biggest fan and support during the ups and downs of my being a one-woman show.  I am the bird in the heart of the sun, trying to reach for success with my beak.  I'm not yet sure who the haloed hawk represents, but I do feel like it is a protective presence.

So for the past three years I have been sleeping on this art piece, which I now call Saving the Sun, perhaps absorbing its radiance, its hint of possibility for success and abundance and joy.

So here's my task for you today: check under the bed, between your mattress and box spring, behind your headboard.  What do you find?  There has got to be something that's living under the bed or something you stowed away for safekeeping (or secrecy, perhaps?).  Now write about whatever you find there.  Go for 10 minutes.  Write fast.  What is the history of this thing and why is it where you found it? If you found nothing, think of someone you know - or even a character in a movie - who stows something under or near the bed. Don't analyze too much. Get out your pen and paper or keyboard and write!

25 comments:

  1. 如果相遇.你會感到相知.那麼.有一種習慣叫做陪伴;如果陪伴.你會感到珍惜.那麼.有一種甜蜜叫做存在!..................................................................

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  2. Wish I could find such beautiful artwork hiding under my bed... =)

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  3. Oh, and it looks like you got some spam hanging out under your blog bed, uh?

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  4. 堅持是為著某種目的或目標,而持續不斷朝向既定方向努力的一種意念。..................................................

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  5. 人應該做自己認為對的事,而不是一味跟著群眾的建議走。..................................................

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  6. So your bed was also a treasure chest?!

    Courtney, this story and your art give me a breathy feeling of possibility. I love knowing what the different elements in your art piece stand for, too.

    You are a stand for so many Wonderful things in the World. We and the World are also lucky you've got Walter at your back, while you make this courageous and expressive journey.

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  7. 在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」............................................................

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  8. What a treat. I have a thought on who the unknown may be.......

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  10. Great story, you are always giving so many new ideas and I hope it will continue in the future.

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  11. Brilliant idea! The definition you state regarding the sketch you have there inspires me. I think you had the talent of an artist it's wonderful. Thumbs up! bookmarking demon

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  12. Nice painting! I love painting so much but I am not really good at it. My mother loves to collect paintings for display. Hmmm...I should check mine. Extenze reviews

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