For centuries, stairs have symbolized journeys, rites of passage,
transitions,and stages of life in art, literature, and music.
My Soul. I summon to the winding ancient stair; Set all your mind upon the steep ascent, Upon the broken, crumbling battlement, Upon the breathless starlit air, ‘Upon the star that marks the hidden pole; Fix every wandering thought upon That quarter where all thought is done: Who can distinguish darkness from the soul
- William Butler Yeats
Stairs are climbed step by step.
- Turkish Proverb
Children’s stories tell tales of boys and girls discovering treasures upstairs in the
attic and fearing what is downstairs in the basement.
Faith is taking the first step even when
you don’t see the whole staircase. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.
- John Steinbeck
My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be
through Earth’s loveliness.
Mt. Popa, Burma The stairway climbs a 300-foot lava plug crowned by Buddhist temples.
Mother to Son Well, Son, I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor – Bare. But all the time I’se been a-climbin’ on, And reachin’ landin’s, And turnin’ corners, And sometimes goin’ in the dark Where there ain’t been no light. So boy, don’t you turn back. Don’t you set down on the steps ‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard. Don’t you fall now – For I’se still goin’, honey, I’se still climbin’, And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. - Langston Hughes
New Oil Painting "Wish I Could Fly" by Janie Mills
18" x 24" including hand-built pine frame on birch wood panel prepared with multiple layers of papers, varnish and oil. Sanding back exposed paper floral designs. The result is truly an amazing array of texture, colors and subtleties.
I just finished painting my laundry room. Every time I open the door to the room, it makes me feel happy. It makes me want to do a
happy dance while doing wash. Now, that is really sick! :) I just read that painting
only one wall in a room is now "out", so, of course, since I always like
to go against the latest and greatest in design... I just had to go
against the grain.
My first experience with Milagros and Ex Votos was a visit to the Santuario in Chimayo NM, many years ago. An entire room filled with crutches, braces, canes, etc. no longer needed. Prayers answered and faith shared. Witnessing this literal show of gratitude is powerful. It has forever been etched into my heart.
I am a Mixed media Artist,a Collector of Oddities and a tinkerer who adores anything vintage that holds a story just waiting for eyes that see.
I am an artist..
I was told that as soon as you make this adamant statement to the universe, then,that is when you become an artist!The statement is your commitment!Own the statement!You must make no apologies,no excuses,no explanations–you just MAKE the statement!
Bless you in your making,
Janie Mills -Owner,Artist