Sheila Dunn’s Authenticity on Life and Art—an Update

Back in 2012, I had the privilege of interviewing artist Sheila Dunn. I continue to follow Sheila because her paintings stir the spirit guiding me, the one called Ruach, the one that delivers divine inspiration. Here is the definition of this Hebrew word:

Ruach is a Hebrew word meaning “wind” or “spirit.” In its prophetic form as Ruach HaKodesh it is derived from the Talmud equating Divine Inspiration (Ruach haKodesh), and a Divine Voice as the word used to refer to the Spirit of God, or Holy Spirit, in the Tanakh.

Sheila recently wrote a blog post for Luminary on the imperative to keep creating even when the ground seems to disappear, when despair overcomes and threatens to break us—when all seems bleak. Sheila’s thoughts on today’s chaos helped me realize that creative inspiration doesn’t always promise or lead to pretty pictures. In fact, she writes, “creativity continually urges us to welcome the raw energy of the moment—the good, the bad, the ugly—into our psyches, our hearts, our spirits.”

Not everyone defines inspiration as Ruach—I happen to love this word and what it suggests—but we all must believe that we have the ability to affect change. We all must fight for what we believe this world can and should be for people of all religions, ethnicities, and genders. If we want to save the planet, if we want to help the marginalized on both sides of the political spectrum, if we continue to value our democratic values, we must become creative warriors.

For the times when we are feeling drained and hollow and empty of spirit (Ruach)—Sheila redirects us back to our innate creativity. Read her article “Creating Amidst Chaos” here.

Thank you, Sheila!

Nude in white Painting by Sheila Dunn
“Nude in white” by Sheila Dunn

2 Replies to “Sheila Dunn’s Authenticity on Life and Art—an Update”

  1. Hi Lynn,

    I hope you are doing well. I think of you, Rob, and Elliot often. I want to thank you for this piece from Sheila Dunn. WOW! It¹s very inspirational. I looked at Luminary¹s website and was ³wowed² by it; so much so that I signed up to receive their emails. Thank you for that.

    Take care of you and your family. Please give them all my best. Warmest regards, Joie Dennis

    From: bravelycreative Reply-To: bravelycreative Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 4:57 PM To: Joie Dennis Subject: [New post] Sheila Dunn¹s Authenticity on Life and Art‹an Update

    WordPress.com bravelycreative posted: “Back in 2012, I had the privilege of interviewing artist Sheila Dunn. I continue to follow Sheila because her paintings stir the spirit guiding me, the one called Ruach, the one that delivers divine inspiration. Here is the definition of this Hebrew word:”

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    1. Hi Joie,
      Thanks so much for your note. I am glad you discovered Luminary! You ou affected Jake’s life perhaps more than any other person. He loved you dearly. You, Joie, are one of those people who make a difference in the world. Elliott, Rob and I are getting through- we have each other. Thanks for asking! Love you!

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