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As a kid, I had a book of Impressionist paintings with a color plate of one of Monet's paintings of the Japanese bridge in his garden at Giverny. I loved this image. I'm pretty sure that image attached is The One. Its one of the first paintings that moved me.
I watched an episode of The Mindy Show recently in which Mindy was ridiculed by a snobby cultural writer type for liking Monet's paintings of the bridge (my hazy recollection). Oh, the sting of a critique of your first love.
In college, I was warned by an instructor that using green in an image was risky and almost certainly doomed to failure.
As it happens, I'm using a lot of green in a painting at the moment, and finding that it is cropping up quite a bit in all areas of my life. Pantone's color of the year is Emerald. Sounds about right to me.
It's hard to say for sure, but I seem to be leaning into green. I'm not going to let a fictional jaded snob or a moment of questionable pedagogy limit my creative explorations.
Wish me luck on this perilous journey.
I've listened to a lot of dharma talks in the past five years or so. These talks, in combination with my intermittent meditation practice, have led me to an interest in the relationship between non-dual awareness and the dualities we experience in everyday life.
In other words: I'm experiencing all the good things and the bad things that happen in an average life, while noticing that there is a third layer of consciousness of our daily experiences.
When I look at this image, that's what I think about. The neon lines can be seen as the light of consciousness, the waves can be seen as the ebb and flow of different states of being.
I plucked a few quotes from A Short Guide to Writing About Art by Sylvan Barnet. Just picked this up last night. Pairs well with back to school season.
"A picture is not thought out and settled beforehand. While it is being done, it changes as one's thoughts change. And when it is finished, it still goes on changing, according to the state of mind of whoever is looking at it. A picture lives a life like a living creature, undergoing the changes imposed on us by our life from day to day. This is natural enough, as the picture lives only through the man who is looking at it."
- Conversation with Christian Zervos, 1935, reprinted in Picasso on Art , ed Dore Ashton (1972)
"No two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is- in other words, not a thing but a think"
- Penelope Fitzgerald, The Gates of Angels (1990)
"To know what you want to draw, you have to begin drawing" - Picasso
Wishing you peace and productivity.
"Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed." - Muriel Rukeyser
This quote is apt for my life right now. I'm trying hard to nurture all sorts of beginnings, and I definitely do not know which seeds will sprout and thrive.
Since the birth of my twins, I've had limited studio time, and I found that the whole experience was such a game changer (an understatement if ever there was one) that painting took on a new role in my life. I was back to painting solely for the pleasure of it. I had (and still have) limited time and energy, so for the first year or so I focused on what I could make within my new parameters of exhaustion and 15 minute increments of free time during which I also needed to eat and take a nap.
One of the things I can take away from this experience is an appreciation for the value of limits in the creative process. I have had so much freedom in my life and work, which is wonderful, but limitations force a person to be inventive and challenge her habitual approach. I have been able to get a fresh perspective on the work I have already done, and find a bunch of new seeds that I'd like to plant.
I started this piece early in this period. As the demands of the first year with twins escalated it fell by the wayside with the rest of my life. Things have gotten much easier with the kids, so over the last few months I've been picking up several unfinished paintings and wrapping them up. This one was 95% done, so it was just a matter of adding a couple layers and calling it good.
I have a few loosely organized investigations happening in my work, and this one is part of my interest in developing patterns. I love making patterns. I'm not sure I'm quite up to making this into a repeat yet, but I'm getting the hang of it, and I think it would be a great pattern for fabric, or wrapping paper, or packaging, etc. One of the challenges with it is balancing the scale, direction and the colors so that it feels 'right'. Its a complex image, and that seems harder to manage once its in a repeat.
I'll just let it be for now, and when the time is right I'll try to solve the pattern piece. Thanks for spending some time here.
I've been enjoying flowers lately. I don't think I will be able to exhaust their potential as a source material for a long time. I tend to oscillate between a few areas of interest from painting to painting, but I think I will be returning here often.
In this piece, I worked with washy watercolor backgrounds, silhouettes of plants, and intense color. Its my happy place.