For over twenty years, I have been painting in abstract form. It's a relaxing, healing, and meditative experience. One hot humid summer day, I felt inspired to paint outdoors on a recycled piece of metal using red paint. My young adult son, Adam, came to mind and heart. Red was his favorite color. Adam had suffered with addictions and died drunk. Letting go on that fiercely hot summer day I felt Adam's presence and allowed the painting process to work through me. The result is Adam's Red painting.
A year or two later, it came to me that the painting would translate beautifully and make a bold clothing and accessories line. Of course the clothing and accessories line is called Adam's Red!
Not long after I began writing about our mother-son relationship. As this story evolved into book form it seemed only natural to translate Adam's Red painting into a lotus featured on the book jacket. The book is called Transforming to Joy; Responding to My Son's Struggle With Addiction.
This unplanned process took place over a period of years. It still amazes me to look back and reflect upon the ease with which all of this has unfolded.
Adam’s Red continues to inspire me to respond to the challenges of life with courage and love. It reminds my heart to open to both the pain and joy in life. It reminds me that love is never extinguished.
May our story inspire you to welcome deeper healing, hope, and love.
Adam's Red painting on recycled metal ~