Joy is a mystery because it can happen anywhere, anytime, even under the most unpromising of circumstances, even in the midst of suppering, with tears in its eyes.
Final piece in a "We Are Connected" series. This piece is in honor of my late brother, Vincent Bambola Jr.
This moment contains all moments.
This piece is part of the 2019 Exquisite Corpse Games http://exquisitecorpsegames.com, a blind artistic collaboration, in which each artist was randomly assigned the creation of a head, torso, or legs. The assembled pieces were unveiled on Nov 14, 2019 and are part of a traveling art show.
This encaustic piece, Fairy Tales, was inspired by a quote from C.S. Lewis:
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
Every moment and every event of everyman's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men.
"This life of ours is like a street that passes many doors", Ball said, "nor think you all the doors I mean are wood. Every day's a door and every night. When a man throws wide his arms to you in friendship, it's a door he opens same as when a woman opens hers in wantonness. The street forks out, and there's two doors to choose between. The meadow that tempts you to rest your bones and dream a while. The rack-ribbed child that begs for scraps the dogs have left. The sea that calls a man to travel far. They are all doors, some God's and some the Fiend's. So choose with care which ones you take, my son, and one day - who can say - you'll reach the holy door itself."
-Frederick Buechner, Godric