I do not drink alcohol for philosophical reasons. I am a Zen Buddhist and I do not agree with putting things in our bodies that alter the regular state of mind.
Nevertheless, I have created a series of paintings of wine bottles. I will be exhibiting them at the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival on October 9-10, 2021.
Why did I start painting this collection? In part, it is because I often find inspiration of my art in dichotomies of life. Even though I do not drink, once I had a job where I would offer tours of wineries. LOL I do not drink however I know a lot about wine and I was successful in introducing clients to the type of wines they really liked.
Then, in 2016, I was organizing art events at a local restaurant called Pappalecco. The restaurant carries the Castellani wines and their bottles are gorgeous so I painted some of those. You can find my entire wine bottle collection here.
The painting of today is titled Limoncello (2021). The medium is acrylic paint and oil pastel on acid free paper. It is a figurative stile life of two bottles, a glass and lemons. The objects drawn with white oil pastel and painted with an orange palette are set on a purple background defined by triangles drawn with white oil pastel and painted with yellow oil pastel.
Size is 18" high x 24" wide. It is sold unframed. I framed for the studio with a black frame and white mat and board. It will enhance the look of any kitchen and/or tasting room.
The Cubes of Life
Do you bring you work problems into your personal life? You arrive home from work after having a rough day and you treat everybody at home rudely and your excuse is that you had a bad day at work.
Are you having problems at home? Then you arrive to work and everybody has to put up with your lack of consideration, bad manners, etc. and your excuse is that things are not going that well at home.
If these two scenarios describe you, then it is time for you to learn about the cubes of life, and how to compartmentalize each one of them.
The photo below shows some of the cubes we encounter in life.
I left two blanks intentionally so you can add any other environment you navigate in life, and that it is not already mentioned above.
Each one of these cubes/squares have their own dynamic. At work, you are required to maintain certain behaviors and sometimes to swallow your thoughts instead of telling a boss or a co-worker to go foxtrot themselves because you know the consequences are termination and loss of income.
Situations like this create stress. If you have not developed a healthy channel to release that stress, you often carry it onto the other cubes.
This stress carried onto the relationships/children/pets/family members cue can lead to your snapping at them, hitting the pet, hitting the children, screaming, excessive drinking, etc. None of the members of these cubes have done anything wrong to you and there is no reason for you to take your anger accumulated at work onto them.
The Health cube/square also gets affected because the saying goes that stress kills.
How about driving an encountering a collection of knuckleheads that cut in front of you, etc? You arrive to your destination with all your muscles in a knot because the stress is consuming you. Then you lash out to whoever is the first one you encounter.
How do you fix this?
You must deal with the problems you encounter in each one of these cubes/square within those boundaries. If there are problems at work, go to HR department if needed, or kindly ask a co-worker to stop doing whatever that person does that bothers you. When you leave work, leave the feelings that arose in the work place there.
When you arrive home, whether it is a peaceful or also a stressful environment, be present in the moment of the feelings that belong to that place exclusively. Do not bring in the feelings created at work or when some knucklehead cut you off in the freeway.
In other words, do not poison one well with the nasty waters of another well. If one well (cube/square) has nasty waters, you have options. You can either leave the place, or talk about it with the members of that particular cube/square.
In life, when an event occurs, we can control 90% of it. The 10% that we cannot control, we must accept it. In Zen Buddhism we say "what it is, is" and we leave it at that.
For the 90% we can control, we apply the eightfold path principle to ensure that we speak with kindness, we understand the other sentient beings, we do the right action with the right intention, we are mindful and present in the moment, we choose right livelihood, we put right effort on all we do, and we practice concentration (paying attention to our breathing).
Virtual Art Exhibition - Wednesday, June 30 2021 - 5 pm Pacific Time -
Free registration at https://www.ceciliaanastos.com/event-registration.html
This is an exhibition of contemporary abstract paintings by Cecilia Anastos. There will be an opportunity drawing of a painting.
Liberty Station - August 7-8, 2021
Little Italy - October 2-3, 2021
La Jolla Art and Wine Festival - October 9-10, 2021
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