Oh, the places I've been this month. Never in my life, have I visited so many different blogs and left so many comments nor have I received so many. I have also signed up for the Pagan Blog Challenge, a little late in the alphabet, as we are on "I" there but thankfully, our posts are once a month, not every day of the week, like the A to Z challenge. So stay tuned for that.
I love blogging but am a rebel and free thinker so I was not altogether happy about having to stick with a particular letter of the alphabet as my topic or concept. To be honest, I thought I would have given up on this A to Z challenge long ago--actually I first thought about quitting after "B" and then I thought for sure the end had come after "W" but here I am, still blogging, making it to this day's Z post.
I picked zilch for Z. I thought I had zilch left for you, and would take off Z day, enjoying taking some zzzz's of my own but I have a bit more left to say. This challenge has been a lesson in going beyond zero and pushing through when you start thinking you have zilch left to offer. It has been about tapping source, finding light, delving into inner wisdom and bringing it out and into the light, in my case through words and visual art, to share with others.
Though it has nothing much to do with having zilch, I wanted to share this piece about infinity and place, with you today to end the A to Z challenge:
This painting is about place and also as I said, it is about infinity. It is about going to the outer bounds and finding space and a special place in the unknown. I call it "Elcho Island" which is the place I centered my studies of Aboriginal Australian culture, during my Fulbright Senior Scholar award year. Like today, going to this place also known as Gali'winku, took me into unknown and unfamiliar territory that I never knew existed in my realm of being.
The painting, "Elcho Island" is unstretched, constructed canvas, with oil paint and mixed media over acrylic. It is stuffed, folded, distressed, glued and remolded. It is about 4 1/2' wide by 7 1/2' long, so it is quite large. I was influenced by the African American painter Sam Gilliam, who worked with unstretched canvas in an abstract manner for many years.
Like this painting, I have been stretched, distressed, and unstretched by blogging A to Z to what seemed to be my limits. I have persisted, pushing past the notion of giving zilch, to tap inner source and continue to blog. I want to thank all the new followers and visitors from the challenge. I will see you, visiting your blogs throughout the year, and though I never thought I'd say it, I look forward to the challenge next year.
Blessed Be we have reached Z.
Z is for Zilch in the A to Z Blogger's Challenge