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. . . and that was a great story!

We all love a good story. Stories are entertaining. A good one can make us laugh or make us cry. A really good story can actually change the way we think and feel about something. My spiritual mentor, Richard Rohr says that a “ A Great Story connects our little lives to the One Great Life, and even better, it forgives and uses the wounded and seemingly “unworthy” parts of our lives and others’ lives. In other words, a really great story can bring about radical change in a person or a society.

The interesting thing about story is that they don’t actually have to be true, or have actually happened. The story just needs to contain an essential truth. Did you know that the word “myth, which many of us think means “not true,” actually once meant “always true.” The story in question contained an essential truth, and that was its most defining factor, not whether it actually happened or not.

Jane Has An Adventure: On the Good Ship Compassion!25.5” x 13.5”/Acrylic on Baltic Birch Panel.Jane Goes On An Adventure: The inspiration for this painting came as a vision. A small girl rows a boat on the top of a wave of love that is sweeping acro…

Jane Has An Adventure: On the Good Ship Compassion!

25.5” x 13.5”/Acrylic on Baltic Birch Panel.

Jane Goes On An Adventure: The inspiration for this painting came as a vision. A small girl rows a boat on the top of a wave of love that is sweeping across the landscape. Jane is my middle name, and sort of my alter ego. I like the idea of giving her little adventures to go on.

 

I recently read a quote about story from story-teller Clarissa Pinkola Estes. She writes in her book, Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype . . .

“Stories set the inner life into motion, and this is particularly important where the inner life is frightened, wedged, or cornered. Story greases the hoists and pulleys, it causes adrenaline to surge, shows us the way out, down, or up, and for our trouble, cuts for us fine wide doors in previously blank walls, openings that lead to the dreamland, that lead to love and learning, that lead us back to our own real lives . . .”

 

The Road That Leads You Home!16.75” x 16.75”/Acrylic on Birch PanelEvery parent has waited anxiously for their child to return home. Sometimes the wait is shorter and sometimes it is longer, but the parent is always waiting for their safe return.

The Road That Leads You Home!

16.75” x 16.75”/Acrylic on Birch Panel

Every parent has waited anxiously for their child to return home. Sometimes the wait is shorter and sometimes it is longer, but the parent is always waiting for their safe return.

What Story Can I Tell For You? I love to tell stories in my paintings. I especially love to tell others people's stories in my work, bringing to life the events and moments that are important and worth recording. "I Will Remember You!" was one such …

What Story Can I Tell For You?

I love to tell stories in my paintings. I especially love to tell others people’s stories in my work, bringing to life the events and moments that are important and worth recording. “I Will Remember You!” was one such painting. My friend Gail asked if I would memorialize a specific location that she visited in Quebec. There was a church there, and a cemetery, overlooking the Gaspe. She sent me reference images and explained how important this place was to her. Many of her ancestors and relatives were buried there. She wanted to remember where she came from. What was so interesting about working with her on this project, was that she wasn’t really that interested in having me do an accurate representation of the location. No, what she really wanted was for me to capture the feeling of that place, how it made her feel, the sense of history and belonging. So that is what I did, and she was incredibly happy with the result. I had helped her to remember. It isn’t always about accuracy. Sometimes it is about what is “true!”

 

Do you have an event, a memory, a location that you would like to have memorialized in a painting, to help you remember your own story? I would love to do that for you. You can visit my website at www.wiebe.works and go to the commissions page for more information on how you can see your story come to life.

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