Thank You, Shirley

I have been rather ill for about a month or so. I changed into “The Lone Wolf” which I tend to do when I’m sick – that is I go off by myself to “lick my wounds”, try to gather my energy, and heal while becoming a hermit in the process.

My dear friend Shirley was very concerned about me. She called me, sent me emails, and sent me healing energy to help me feel better. She understands my lone wolf proclivities and checks up on me once in awhile to make sure I’m still drawing breath.

This last bout of illness lasted a long time. I had been very depressed and had horrible headaches and digestive problems and just felt like crap. I am a huge reader, and it took effort for me to even pick up a book at times – that’s how you know I really feel bad.

So yesterday I woke up and there was some kind of framed object covered with a blanket sitting in our TV room. I had no idea what it could be…I uncovered it…and it was a piece of artwork my friend Shirley had created many years ago! It is an “Articulator”- Shirley innovated new materials and techniques inspired by an ancient art form to create these works of art. She calls them “Articulators” because the canvas is “articulated” – it has regular fan-like folds in it which allow her to paint one scene on one side of the fold, and another on the other side. As a result, when you look at the picture from the left you see one scene; as you move to the right of the picture it dissolves into a different scene. These works of art are a labor of love and can take many weeks to complete.

She had given it to us to cheer me up after all these weeks of illness! It certainly did that!!

So I was blessed with the gift of this Articulator, entitled “The Spirit of Life Dancing in the Winds of Change”. It has pride of place on my wall to all who enter the house. I love this painting because I have always been a lover of trees (yes, I am the original “tree hugger”). Trees are such an ancient form of life and I believe they are part of an overall Earth consciousness…as of course are we. The tree that becomes the Spirit of Life Dancing reflects, to me, that we all come from the same Source, all is made of energy dancing through its many configurations. As the leaves of the trees dance and bend to the winds of life, so we too adapt and change our dance.

The tree view

Walk to the right of the art and you see…

The Spirit of Life view

Note: The lighting conditions caused by flash photography do not highlight the full beauty of the work.

Isn’t it beautiful? Giving me this artwork was truly an act of spirituality by Shirley. She knew how much I liked this piece, it was hanging in her home and several months ago I had asked her rather sheepishly if she would leave it to me in her will. And now…here it is on my wall. To create such a beautiful thing and to able to detach from it and give it away for someone else to enjoy is a rare act in today’s world. I am so lucky to have a friend like Shirley.

I love you, Shirley. Thanks for the art and also for sticking by me and checking up on me when I’m ill. You and I are soulmates.

Here you can see how the two images are interconnected.



Filed under Art, Friendship, Life, Spirituality

5 responses to “Thank You, Shirley

  1. What a great gift 🙂

    Your so lucky to have a friend like Shirley!

  2. Shirley


    Yes we are soul mates, and I am so thankful to have you in my life. You opened a whole new world for me in teaching me how to use a computer and giving me your laptop to learn on; such an act of selfless Spirituality.

    I am so happy to know that my art is in such a good home with people who love it, and understand its meaning.

    I love all that you wrote about it, and I love you and Bill.


  3. It was especially fun to hear Bill giggling with anticipation and excitement as he carried the piece out and put it in the car to take home to his unsuspecting wife…

    Cory and I enjoyed watching the event. He is still asking what it means to be a “fly on the wall” though, and why I wanted to be one at your home. He assumes it is because it is safer there, because he knows how humane you are, that you would never swat a fly.

  4. Wow! That is beautiful, Shirley.

  5. Sonja (jackalope) says:

    I am very lucky to have a friend like Shirley.

    We are all in each other’s lives for special purposes. I thank all of you who fill a space in my life.

    Candace, I love the “fly on the wall” story!

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