It is fascinating to me to see what others see, and how others respond to my paintings.
I also saw the "ladder" in the first painting, after I finished it. That was not intentional, as at the time I felt completely overcome and overwhelmed by despair, and struggling to be with it. In my experience, embracing what I feel is the ONLY way out. So maybe that's why the ladder "appeared," like a hint from my unconscious to remember that what comes down will eventually go up again. Reverse gravity.
Beautiful Dante quote... thanks for that.
The second painting is REALLY HARD for me to look at. It came out at the peak of exhaustion last week. I could barely sit up to paint that day, and felt so distorted internally. I felt much better after I was done painting, but it's not one I want to look at more than a couple seconds. Echhhh!
The last one is kinda strange to see... because I was just pissed as hell when I painted it, smacking the paint on the paper with my hands, mashing it around like a crazy person. Now when I see it, it looks so much more harmonious and free than I would have EVER imagined.
I agree that it would be great to have an exhibit of PWC art. I am currently finishing up a book of my own paintings about my illness, and when I'm done with that I would love to invest some time in a collective project.
And thanks, Gracenote, for reading my long response about my sordid experiences on the "spiritual path." Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads some of the things I post, so it's good to hear that it does happen.