Each life, a book filled with chapter and verse,
Your story is unique and different than mine.
The library of Humankind is vast.
Each life, a story told through time.
In these life-stories there are passages that stay with us,
that remind us of choices we made in the past,
That still affect how we live now.
Sometimes we hold on to a passage,
to keep us in unhappy certainty.
Even though we hope for a different outcome.
We the author, editor, and publisher,
Determine what comes next.
Don’t like the direction of your story?
Need a plot twist?
The changes are your choice to make.
How much of your present will you give up,
To strike out in a new direction?
Often the fear of losing what we have,
or what we wanted keeps us stuck.
Afraid of the unknown.
Take a chance,
Lose your life,
And gain your future.
How much risk are you willing to take?Cheryl McDonald 2022©
If you would like to listen to me read this poem, please click below.
Today, I am beginning a new phase of this blog. I want to share with you some of my art and tell you the story of the imagery and poetry that give you my idea of what these pieces are about. Many of them were completed years ago, but still seem to be relevant today. I have also been a storyteller and my tag line has been “Let the Story Unfold” So these are the stories and the art that I make.
Please know that it is likely you will see other things in these works. That’s pretty common with my work. Often these compositions come to me through dreams, or they are an expression of a feeling- joy, frustration, fear, uncertainty are just a few.
I remember talking with people at gallery openings for these pieces and hearing wonderful personal connections that people saw or felt when looking at them.
Most of them are rather large and because of the tedious and time consuming layering process and detail, they are fairly expensive. I have the option now on my website to sell prints and I am making these available in some appropriate sizes. There are various kinds of paper available for these prints and there are even options to have them framed before they are delivered to you. If you are interested in this here is a link to the page for this piece on my website.
Now that I am back to working in this genre again (working on a piece now, but it’s not ready to share). I though you might enjoy seeing these works. I chose this piece to be first, because it mirrors much of what I have been talking about in this blog for awhile now.
Here is my story about how this piece came to be. The poem I just finished is written above.
I remember standing at the window on the second floor of an art museum, looking out over the lawn, and there were 2 little girls in fancy dresses dancing together and playing in the grass. It reminded me of how my sister who was closest to me in age and I used to play together. We were each other’s best friend. The image of the little girls stuck with me and became part of this collage of images that were reminiscent of passages in my life.
For me, each period of my life is like a chapter in a book, and there are symbols that I equate along the way. They are like different dimensions in time that I pass through. The little girls dancing is the first chapter, the dimension with the woman walking across the desert in the asteroid storm is symbolic for my continuing search for the next phase of my life and comprises many chapters in my book of life. The cathedral arches were from a photo I took of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and represent my exploration of religion and spirituality, which has always been a big part of my life. And the flowers represent my love of nature. I often use the checkerboard floor, because it reminds me of the tales of Alice in Wonderland and the ludicrous nature of life as it often appears to me.
Life is a journey and reality changes for each of us along the way. These 2 little spirit girls dance through one dimension and on to the next. This blog is getting long so I will end it here.
You are always welcome to comment here or if you would like to have a more private discussion on any of these works, you can email me at
Thanks for reading and Have a Happy Day!
2 thoughts on “A Journey Through Realities”
Thanks for sharing your art, Cheryl. Thank you for explaining some of your symbolism in your works – the checkerboard, for example. I love Alice in Wonderland.
Keep telling your stories. You are good at it!
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Thank you Carol. A new story tomorrow hopefully!