In The Family of Things

The Family of things

I just finished this piece for my upcoming art exhibit next month. This quote by Mary Oliver really spoke to me. I painted these words on the canvas.

“You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body LOVE WHAT IT LOVES.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep tress, the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air ARE HEADING HOME AGAIN.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-over and over announcing your place in the family of things”-Mary Oliver

Detail of Mandala: