I’m excited to have my painting ‘The Loungers’ included as a finalist in the 14th Art Renewal Center Salon. This year the ARC received over 4,300 entries from 73 countries. The finalists represented approximately 35% of works submitted, just over 1500 works.
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts.
I’ve had a hard time writing about this painting but Alan Watts summed it up in one brilliant sentence. Do not resist the flow of your world. Accepting change brings chaos into your life but with that comes new challenges and new fights to make you stronger. And in the end you will find a higher form of happiness and satisfaction because you accepted and faced what came at you. Embrace the change and you will grow from it.
I came up with the initial idea for this painting after I had left my job, home, and community to move out to North Carolina. Looking back at it, I have become a more fulfilled man for taking on this challenge: my smaller anxieties no longer control me, my determination has been refreshed, and I’ve found a higher love with an amazingly talented and kind woman. All because I joined the dance.