This post is an offshoot from my movie-dream posts, yet it links back in synchronistic ways that, if you pay attention, are always in play.
After selling our house, moving across the country, and settling into our new abode, words have been flowing out of me. I have finally started writing another book – don’t get too excited, it’s not the sequel to Complicated…by Design, yet. It’s the book that I’ve seen bits and pieces of in meditations for years. The same one that several multi-intuitives have told me that I WOULD write. Now that I’ve given up my design career, house, and pretty much everything I knew of my adult life in Florida, the Universe has moved on from intuitive nudges to all but smacking me over the head with a two-by-four to get the book out of my head and onto paper.
However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t take time out from writing Unconventional Truth, which is non-fiction, to peck away at what brings me joy – my screenplay.
One evening, while envisioning the set for the art gallery scenes, I pondered what artists’ work could be utilized for the movie when I felt an urge to check Twitter. A day or so prior I had posted a blog – Was Harvey Weinstein THAT Domino? – thanking Mr. Weinstein for the much-needed paradigm shift. Prior to that, I hadn’t been on Twitter in a month. When I wrote the post I wondered why I was putting that energy out there when sexual harassment had only played a minor role in my world. Then again I’ve learned to trust that, even though the steps I take may not be in a straight line, the Universe always leads me down the path for my highest and best good. In this case, I figured somehow the post was another stepping stone.
In the wonderful way synchronicity works, I received a message on my timeline after I tweeted that post. No, not from an angry female from the #metoo movement. It was from a man in Rome whom is a self-proclaimed art addict. He posts amazing pieces by incredible artists, and one of them was painted by Malcomb Liepke. Not only are Liepke’s paintings sexy and sensual without being raunchy, his work is likened to John Singer Sargent, whom is the artist I used to describe Harrison’s painting style in my novel. The fact that Malcomb has essentially captured Chanda, my protagonist, with her long auburn hair in OPEN ROBE, her porcelain-doll-like ass in NUDE, and her backless dress in ON HER PILLOWS, makes the find even more exciting. Thank you, Davide, for leading me to Malcomb.
Which leads me back to another cool part of this journey I call life, my dreams. Several of the movie-team dream posts have referenced twelve people. The dreams from the Blue Spines Intertwined post alluded to my next large project bringing me together with twelve souls from all over the world. Interestingly, out of the twelve people flowing in and out of my dreams over the past year, there are a few who have remained the same. One is an Australian, another is a woman from Singapore, and yet another is an actor from England. Who, if you’ve read my posts, is named Benedict.
Could Davide, from Italy, be one of the twelve? Or, is he simply a connector in my life, as many people who briefly cross our paths lead us to bridge with others. In any event, I’m grateful to have found Malcomb Liepke, and happy to share his fabulous work.
Below is Liepke’s NUDE TINY DANCER, which is a marvelous representation of the way I visualized Harrison’s paintings when I wrote – Harrison Westfield’s refined technique is more calculated than Impressionism. Whether it be his female subjects’ insecurities with their bodies, or their raw erotic confidence, Westfield’s fascination with light and shadow is consistently spotlighted in the glimpses he reveals of their character.
And, If Harrison painted a self portrait, MAN’S BACK, by Liepke, could be it.
Ultimately, no matter what artist partakes in the movie, I envision Chanda’s introspective journey painted with finer brushstrokes on the big screen as she learns that life’s not a blame game, it’s about excepting responsibility for your actions, realizing we create the world we live in, and understanding that life IS Complicated…by Design.