Friday, January 18, 2013

From Brain to Paper

After publishing yesterday's post I headed straight for my studio.  I've had some elements for a painting floating through my brain for a few weeks now and wanted to do something solid with them.  The first element was a bird form...not a sweet static image, but one portraying power, motion and freedom.  This is what came to me.  I think it looks a little like a super hero bird.


I also wanted to incorporate some of the lyrics of a song that's been running through my head quite a bit for the last few weeks. 



You will probably recognize this color palette.  I have used it a lot lately as these colors have great symbolic meaning to me:

yellow = joy, light, wisdom
orange = healing, balance
red = love, life 
purple = royalty, power
blue = faith, peace, rest


In the final image, the bird flies past a veiled area, into a much more open space.  It is a place of understanding and perfect peace.


  If you read yesterday's post you might have guessed this is how I envision my sister as she recently entered eternity...free, unfettered, completely healed and whole.  I've been wanting to put this image on paper for days now and I'm grateful you stopped by to see it.  I hope it gives you the same sense of joy and freedom that it gives me.

I'm linking up today with Paint Party Friday.  Follow the link to see what some very talented artists have been up to this week.  If it's inspiration you're after you will definitely find it there!


30 comments:

  1. Hi Janice, As I see your piece I keep hearing Kenny Rankin sing this song in my head - his version is the most soulful to me. If you don't know it you might want to listen to it. Lovely superhero bird, so much power, so much grace. xox

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    1. Thanks, Corrine. I will definitely look for Kenny Rankin's version. I also have a version by Carly Simon that Jill was particularly fond of. Funny thing... in talking to some close friends of hers, I find that several of us have had that song running through our heads quite a bit for the past few weeks.

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  2. Love the symbolism and combination of colors!
    I agree with Corrinne...the superhero bird is lovely and full of grace!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I don't always have a clear idea of what I'm going to put on paper before I begin a piece, but this bird image was very clear in my mind right from the start.

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  3. Hello Janice, it's great to paint with colors that have meaning to you. This is a lovely spirited piece, it does indeed have great power to it! xx

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    1. Thank you, Kat. I've always been very sensitive to color. After getting to know your art a bit I think you must be sensitive to it as well. It seems the unspoken tools of communication are the most powerful sometimes.

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  4. Great symbolism and combination of colours. Happy PPF, Annette x

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    1. Thank you, Netty. I need to come by and see what you've been up to lately!

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  5. Very nice textures and composition.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. I'm so glad you stopped by.

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  6. Love what the colors signify. Awesome. Thanks.

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  7. Beautiful and meaningful page...I just love everything about it. Happy PPF!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. I'm so happy you stopped by.

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  8. Beautiful, really expresses well your concept! <3

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm still learning to trust my gut on things like this. It's quite an adventure.

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  9. Stunning colours, and so much life in this.

    I've just caught up with your previous post, this is a beautiful tribute.

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    1. Thanks, Nigel. I so wanted this piece to communicate a powerful vision of life...like something new bursting forth, coming into its own.

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  10. it's so lovely! Thanks for mentioning the color symbolism too.Happy PPF!

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    1. Hi, Linda! I think color symbolism is going to be a big part of my focus for a while. I tend to approach it in a very intuitive way.

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  11. It certainly shows power, motion and freedom! Great work!

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    1. That's exactly what I was going for. So glad you can see it, too!

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  12. Your painting shows incredible power and freedom. It always amazes me how images in the mind can become such beautiful heartfelt art. Wonderful work

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    1. Thank you, Gina. I am trying to learn to trust my instincts more. Sometimes it feels clumsy, but I think I'm on a good path.

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  13. I love the power of hope in this painting. The words are perfect!! I think it is packed with love and emotion! I thought so before I read your story! I too find colors have emotion and as my life evolved the colors I used were very telling... I have to be surrounded in color...it feeds my soul!! Beautiful art and words!


    Hugs Giggles

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    1. I am so sensitive to the way colors make me feel that I've been known to repaint entire rooms a slightly different shade two or three times trying to get the right nuance or "feeling" in the space...probably seems a bit obsessive to some :-)

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  14. This is an amazing piece of artwork. What I read about it meaning to you made it even more special to me...
    Mandel

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    1. Thank you, Mandel. It's a very special piece to me, to. It's good to see you here. I hope your new year is off to a great start!

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