Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Forward Motion

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Aristotle

It's interesting, this process of intuitive painting.  It is good for me to loosen up and just play, responding to those little whispers inside.  (It's hard to believe these are the same two canvases I showed you in yesterday's post!)


So many metaphors for life turn up in this process.  These paintings are happening in their own time and I don't really know what's coming next.  Even when I think I have a plan it's probably going to change many times before I reach a conclusion.  Sounds a bit like everyday stuff to me.


I've always thought that if I could see too far down the road in life I just couldn't bear to go there.  It's been difficult for me to come to terms with the reality that some parts of life are just plain hard.  I would so much rather stay oblivious to the dangers, free to play and trust like a child without worry or concern.

I took this photo of the road in front of my house just now.  
We certainly can't see very far down our road on this foggy morning.

But life happens and I am still learning to move forward with hope and joy even with the awareness of the challenges that will surely come.  I keep reaching for this because know it's essential to my health and well-being.  Hope - the belief in possibility - enables me to take risks in life and in art.  It enables me to embrace the child in me and move forward.


That's where my studio comes in...my sanctuary, my safe place to explore and question and grow.  Lately my blog has been that as well.  You've make it so...you stop by to see what new thing I'm up to.  You encourage and lift me up.  You are part of my process.  From the bottom of my heart I thank you.

I have always felt a need for the pieces of life to my fit together...to flow into each other and connect.  This is how life makes sense to me.


So I begin this day with gratitude...with a full and open heart and I have to tell you it feels awfully good.  I'm off to braid my hair (because that's what little girls do) and pick up a paintbrush now.  Who knows what will happen!  :-)

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22 comments:

  1. Looks like you are on the right path! Nice work. Have a great day :)

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    1. Thanks, Kim! I hope you have a great day, too!

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  2. Ooh what a marvelous way to enter your day.....I bet you get paint in that braid!!! xox

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    1. I ALWAYS get paint in my hair...and on my face...and...

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  3. Love both paintings - they look like they could be paired together.

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    1. You should see them now...totally different from what they were yesterday!

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  4. Your paintings are looking beautiful. So happy that you shared them in a blog post. Your photos are so nice. Really like the one of the cross beside your paints.

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne...and thank you so much for stopping by. I can't wait to see how your paintings are coming along. I hope you're having fun with the course!

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  5. Thanks for commenting on my blog.
    It's amazing that those 2 canvases are the same as you posted yesterday. Very beautyfull work!

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    1. Thank you, Angenita. I enjoyed our blog!

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  6. I love what you have done with those canvases - i cant wait to see where you will take them x

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    1. Well, I could say the same to you, Kirstin. It looks like 2013 is off to a great start for you, too! Love the new direction of YOUR work!

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  7. lovely to be sharing this mysterious journey with you.

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    1. Yes it is, Suzi. I love sharing our discoveries and victories. Thanks for stopping by here!

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  8. I love how your paintings change and evolve, great process, keep the faith!

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    1. I've already been at them again...you wouldn't recognize a few of them!

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  9. Love the layering and the richness of the textures with deep colours.

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    1. Thank you, Paula. I enjoyed seeing the last faces you posted...beautiful!

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  10. An artists blog is such eye candy. I love to follow you!

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    1. I like following you too, Jean! I always leave your blog with a little gem of inspiration.

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  11. <3
    Super happy for you, Janice! YAY! Love that you braided your hair. :)

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    1. Yes, for some reason I feel so happy and creative when I wear my hair in braids...I'm sure because I feel like a little girl :-)

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