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Thirty in Thirty. Day Seventeen: Faith & Trust…

Two pieces of a puzzle: works in progress in conversation with each other, and in conversation with me.

Sometimes I can’t find the answer. I get frustrated and throw things around. I want to give up. I stomp away. Patience with myself has never been one of my strong suits.

Then I remember that I must have faith. If I trust myself, I know that I will find what I’m looking for. Struggle is often part of the process. I go for a walk in the forest. I shovel some snow. I wash the dishes. I bake a loaf of bread. Sometimes, when I come back to the studio after an hour or two, the answer is staring right in my face.

Work in Progress – 16″ x 16″ – Oil and Oil Bar on Panel

Today I am listening to one of my favorite performers, Cesária Évora. I am particularly fond of her album, “Miss Perfumado”. This is a link to a video of Cesária performing “Sodade” (“Longing”)

These are the lyrics in English:

Sodade – Longing (English translation)

Who will show you…
this distant way?
Who will show you…
this distant way?
This way …
to Sao Tomé?

The longing, the longing,…
The longing
For this land of mine, Sao Nicolau

If you write me letter,…
I will write you back
If you forget me…
I will forget you…

Until the day…
You come back

Cape Verdian/English translation via lyricstranstlate.com

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