I have just finished my last canvas painting for 2013, I hope I can get one of my many porcelain paintings finished too (we will see how many hours I can fit in a day 😉 ).  This final painting is in abstract expressionist style and is titled "Stop and celebrate the pause."

"Stop and celebrate the pause," Ingrid Lee, 2013.  Acrylic on canvas 91.5/152.5 cm

"Stop and celebrate the pause," Ingrid Lee, 2013. Acrylic on canvas 91.5/152.5 cm

This is the final canvas painting in the Destiny and Love series, and represents deep friendship in motion, as seen through the colours and movement of the composition.  Over the last few paintings I have revealed many facets of destiny and love- the last few porcelain paintings offer more insights, which should be ready in the next few weeks.  This painting reminds me of one of my favourite quotes,

“La amistad es más difícil y más rara que el amor. Por eso, hay que salvarla como sea.”

” The friendship is more difficult and rarer than love. That’s why, it is necessary to save it as it is. “

I have used this very beautiful song as the muse Aye Dil-e-Nadaan, by Lata Mangeshkar.  A translation of the lyrics of the song are here

 

At some point of our time, we are destined to meet people who will stay, come and go, or only be there for the time needed...this is not new to anyone.  However, in this painting, I wanted to explore those deeper friendships which make up stop for a while and just enjoy.  The choice of orange as a main colour is inspired by sunsets which kiss the horizon with great intensity and evoke a feeling of calm.  In this painting, I have chosen to intensify these colours even more while used brushwork as a contrast to this calm, while at the same time reflecting a state of pause.  I think true friendship is long lasting and there must be time for pause and calm, if it is truly valued at all.  This is something to be celebrated.

"Stop and celebrate the pause," Ingrid Lee, 2013.  Acrylic on canvas 91.5/152.5 cm

"Stop and celebrate the pause," Ingrid Lee, 2013. Acrylic on canvas 91.5/152.5 cm

"Stop and celebrate the pause," Ingrid Lee, 2013.  Acrylic on canvas 91.5/152.5 cm

The movement of abstraction in the middle ground reflects much of the lyrics from the song and video, the longing, the wandering. In the bottom right corner it represents shadows of footprints on the desert sand, which eventually fade like love; however once you stop wandering in search of what you want...you don't have to search so far and so hard, the love was always there- as shown in the reds in the background of the painting.   Of course, love in true friendship or even a love relationship as explored in other paintings, is about love on many levels.   Sometimes we look for too much, rather than truly see.

"Stop and celebrate the pause," Ingrid Lee, 2013.  Acrylic on canvas 91.5/152.5 cm

The cool blue is an interesting contrast, there is great space created with this colour, in contrast to the rest of the painting.  This colour moves across the canvas, ending up at the desert sands, becoming the shadows of the footsteps.  The rest of the expressionist brushwork really shows the celebration of the friendship- see another painting which celebrated friendship here.

I think this element of Destiny and Love was missing from the collection of works created so far, what do you think about the value of friendship portrayed in this painting?  Please share you thoughts in the comments.

 

 

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