Art and Love from Me to You

Paintings as Prayers

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
-Meister Eckhart

I made this painting for David and Mira Newman, two beautiful musicians that I have been lucky enough to meet in person when they performed at my local yoga center. Their music touches my heart in a way that it often makes tears well up in my eyes!

A few days after I finished this painting, I got an email newsletter from David and Mira announcing the birth of their baby, May 2, 2011 at 6:16 PM.  I realized that the day Mira gave birth was the day I started on their painting.  I loved that that they were in my thoughts and I was sending them love that entire day.  It felt like such a sweet connection, one that I hadn’t planned on, but just sort of happened.

At first I didn’t notice, but similar stories of connection have happened so many times since I started the Hundred Thank Yous project.  It makes me think that my paintings in this project are actually prayers.  Prayers of love and well-being for people I care about.  I believe the paintings carry the energy of deep, heartfelt gratitude that I hope will be a blessing in their homes, one that lasts a lifetime.


{ 16 comments… add one }
  • rachel awes June 6, 2011

    this is gorrrrrgeous, lori!
    i love the center of that pink sunness-substance in the middle of it all!
    groovy guitar-love-prayer!
    & her lines dance!
    big hugs dear friend!

  • kelly barton June 6, 2011

    the best!
    i love all the shine you send out!

  • Elloa June 6, 2011

    Lori, I love every single piece of artwork that you make, and this painting is no exception. Wonderful! You’ve lifted my day, thank you.
    (amen) xx

  • Jill Locke June 6, 2011

    That is a really, really beautiful sentiment! So much bigger than I can wrap my mind around. But I think you’re right!

  • Julia June 6, 2011

    Oh my. My heart is just bursting. This painting, your words, the synchronicity of it all…so deeply touching.

    I love you, Lori Portka, and all the beauty you bring to this world.

  • jean June 6, 2011

    Beautiful. I’m smiling and feeling the love and happiness.

  • Jus Tine June 6, 2011

    I LoVe this Lori ~ X ~ synchronicity ~

  • Brooke June 7, 2011

    Such a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing. It is amazing how love syncs us all up!

  • Alia June 7, 2011

    Lori, this has touched me so deeply. The love you express with each painting is the most beautiful prayer, given so freely from your heart. I love you, dear friend.

  • Amanda June 7, 2011

    Oh. Oh. I have no words for this. This idea, that yes, your energy is transferring, just the way it should … so much love in your heart, gratitude, is hitting all the right spots in this universe. You are so dear & inspiring to me Lori, loving you so!!

    & this painting is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Oh man, I just adore it!


  • April Cole June 8, 2011

    This is a very sweet painting… I love it! :]

  • What a lovely story Lori. These connections are everywhere I find, if we just choose to look out for them. Sending over a hug, XO.

  • hailey July 3, 2011

    I feel a little teary reading and looking over your artwork. You are so gifted and your big heart comes through all these wires, computers… pictures and words. Amazing and powerful.


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