I've been absent from my blog for a few months, and it has largely been due to a process of renewal personally, health wise and creatively. As I welcome 2016, it is a New Year, starting with a new cut (quite cathartic for me) and continued focus for doing things which make me feel good and happy. There are new art projects and collaborations I'm looking forward to this year, as well as exploring my paint mediums in new ways.
It's a new sense of freedom- how delicious!
Here is my first painting for 2016, I started thinking it through after writing some poetry in December and reflecting on the main ideas for this current collection Nature of Truth and where I'm moving through my thinking after the last painting.
First layer of painting always sets the tone of ideas and general flow of the work:
What's this painting about?
The main focus for this collection Nature of Truth is
- discerning my personal truth
- creating experiences and places of freedom and possibility in my life
- letting go of judgement and creating spaces of awareness and vulnerability
At his stage of my collection I'm going through a few concepts revolving around fluidity and the notion that Life is movement and there needs to be flexibility and transcendence through the spaces of thoughts and actions. I think that I'm finally coming to a place where I am owning my emotions and happiness and it is opening new doors, which is a nice flow from the space I was in after finishing my last painting Last painting Spaces hold echos of the past, Let go, pause and trust, this is the truth.
Close up, click here for full image
I returned to reading Rilke again, and the more I focus on being in the present, the more wonderful things are coming my way, and it's filled with abundant light and energy- as captured in this painting. Like I said earlier, it's a new sense of freedom- how delicious!
“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Creating the painting
As outlined in the original post about this collection (click here), I wanted to focus the concepts through the subject matter of flowers. Obviously the last painting was figurative, but that's okay, it's my collection 😉 I returned back to the original post all the same, and used my photo from my old garden (below) as it captured lots of things for me through the subject matter of lavender and roses, in terms of contrasts of form, shape and line and colour; which connect to the main ideas of this painting: love, energy, life, movement, expansion, freedom.
I still miss my garden (which many of you who have been following my journey over the past few years know well). I love the energy and light in this photo, I can still remember the beautiful perfume of the flowers that warm morning.
Close ups of the final painting:
For me this painting connects the ideas of release and freedom, space (distance) and time:
"Don't try to force anything. Let life be a deep let go. See God opening millions of flowers everyday without forcing the buds." - Bhagwan Shree Ranjeesh