'Pomegranates' Oil on canvas - painted 2000
I read some years ago that it was a greek custom to scatter pomegranate seeds in one's house on new years day to celebrate fertility and prosperity for the coming year. Well... we did share a pomegranate on Boxing Day at a lovely lunch with some of the family.... and certainly the feeling of well being was present!
Fertility and prosperity are both interesting words - prosperus being Latin for 'doing well' which encapsulates health and happiness along with more material comforts.... I also noticed the biblical image of 'milk and honey' in the thesaurus under prosperity! Fertility - the natural capability for giving life can come in many forms and is worth thinking on. One important facet of creative life would be this capability which is called into play repeatedly in the micro and macro concerns of daily life. Over a lifetime we are called to reckon with what is fertile and what is not in many parts of life.... especially in our creative lives. The wisdom to face what has ceased to bear fruit for us and to find new soil to cultivate is the stuff of a courageous creative life even though that will of course mean completely different things for each individual and varying degrees of discomfort at times. New life is not always about new things, new places and new inspirations - but rather new seeing, re-arranging and re-assembling whats already there, going deeper, rethinking, reworking perhaps.
This past year - 2009 - through blogging I have discovered individuals finding and sharing extraordinary ways to continue to deepen their engagement with the matter at their fingertips.
In 2010 I look forward to further engagement with the wonderful people I have met this year... and to coming across the ideas, images and insights of others out there in the Blogosphere!
Fertility and prosperity to all in 2010!
from a lovely candle-lit pre-xmas dinner with friends
"Want to ride with me?" William... the youngest member of my clan - photo courtesy of RM