Following me into the studio were lots of stirrings about mothering dancing in my head. So when I sketched for this red piece, a pensive motherly figure appeared for me. I liked her soft feel and decided that was my direction. When I finished the sketch, the words, “let it be,” popped into my head...interesting. Of course, I grabbed my computer and decided to search Paul McCartney’s lyrics to see whether they spoke to me. Reading them on paper, I felt a new appreciation for their simplicity. And more curiosity—what did they mean?
“Mother Mary came to me…Speaking words of wisdom. “ And then the deeper meanings came through an interview.
Paul’s mother, Mary, died when he was 14. He felt her loss in a huge way and yet, he found it hard to remember her face and only knew her through photos. As he and the Beatles established themselves in their 20s, Paul found himself struggling even more. He was the only band member not in a relationship—he masked his loneliness with bouts of heavy drinking and drugging. After one such night, Paul says somewhere “between sleep and insomnia,” the image of his mother vividly appeared to him. And in this image, she spoke to him and said, “Let it Be.”
Those three famous words. He took that as her guidance to just let his life unfold and all would be okay. It was only shortly after that that he met and fell for Linda. Of course the song unfolded in between and listening to it with this new understanding feels rich and wonderful.
Relationships with mothers are rich—and complicated. I’ve been on both sides and the push and pull of nurturing and letting go/trusting are sometimes tough roads to navigate both as mother and child. Both in their presence and their absence, mother’s stir emotion.
So I created “Let it Be,” a simple, pensive piece of that motherly energy. A quiet lady perhaps muffling her wisdom or perhaps sharing it. In mostly red…the Hindu color for simplicity, protection and purity.
I often bristle at rules and direction when it’s thrown into my creative process—ok really in my entire life—so I wasn’t so sure how creating this piece would unfold, but really I found the challenge of using mostly tones of red (which are fairly limited in acid-free handmade papers) exhilarating. Fun actually.
And somewhere in there I felt a kinship with Sir Paul. I love that he was open to his mother’s presence. And his expression of how our mothers are with us in many ways for our whole journey. Sometimes the company is comforting and sometimes we brace ourselves for the ride. Either way, I love the thought to Let it Be.
May you allow your journey to unfold knowing you are just where you should be. Namaste’