Rain and Renewal

My collaboration with "Q" a few weeks ago, see the post here,
was a fun change of pace for me. 

As it's been gray and rainy all day, I'm sharing another piece and poem created with the award winning writer, actor, film-maker, and now poet extraordinaire.

I won't go into details, but it's been a rough month. 
Her poem for this piece was especially poignant, and we had quite a bit to say and commiserate on regarding personal tribulations and the sometimes rocky paths an artist's life presents.

Excuse the use of a trite phrase, but we truly are soul surfers.

There can be a deluge of overwhelm, pain or loneliness at times, but for an artist there isn't really an alternative. Our vulnerability and openness, our fiery and sometimes easily bruised hearts, are what help us to flow with the emotional current we are supposed to ride. 

For eons the emotions have been tied to water.

It is also what heals and renews us.

Tears from the sky. Pouring. Pain. Sadness. Despair.

Water splashes. Diluting. Lifting. Giving life.

Mend your reflection; flourish.

~Quirine Dongelmans

She really boiled it all down, didn't she?

I love her writing.

Visit Q's website to learn more about her & her art.

If you like my Rain Break painting, you can click here to see details without the text, 

or add it to your collection while it's in my DPW gallery. 

Thanks for stopping by to see the collab. 

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What do you do when you're in the doldrums?

Here's to the rain & her renewal,

~D. Renée


  1. Well, I usually mope around a bit, maybe cry a little, then have some espresso. Repeat as needed. I try not to wallow in unpleasantness, but the past year has taught me the necessity of experiencing emotions instead of trying to repress them. If I'm sad, letting myself be sad is typically far more helpful than trying to pretend I'm not.

    1. I'm all about allowing, expressing, understanding why, and changing what I can. A cuppa is always nice. <3

  2. I suppose this is where artists differ from crafters. I acknowledge my phase of sadness, but then I consciously change my thoughts to more uplifting ones. Crafting jewelry helps me get past that sadness stage. Your painting has a calming effect on me!

    1. That's what the painting is for, Duni. ;-)

  3. Your painting was very reflective of your inner feelings. We all go through a rough patch many times during our lives; it is looking up for that bit of sunshine through the dark clouds that brings us the relief we are seeking.

    You shared your poem to reflect the mood of your painting. I am sharing some words of a song that is always in my head, and helps through those difficult days.

    "Sunrise doesn't last all morning
    A cloudburst doesn't last all day"
    "Sunset doesn't last all evening
    A mind can blow those clouds away"

    Sending hugs for sunshine in your days!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Pamela.
      The poem is not mine, but Quirine Dongelmans, we collaborated on this post. You can visit her website by clicking the link in the post or visit www.madebyq.net/

  4. She makes me want to dance in the rain :)


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