Painting Process Update
Updates and Recaps are always fun. Especially since we just entered into 'Mercury Retrograde'. If you aren't sure what I mean by that, I mean that if you look out in outer space with a really nice telescope, there is an illusion that it might be orbiting backwards. Energetically, it's a a cycle for reflecting and taking things slow. I just started a new job, started new paintings, and am just going for a ride this year celebrating the wanderer (also one of my year words is Patience) by immersing into new and wonderful experience with family, self, and friends. So, it is a perfect time to marinate, take things slow, and really honor the cycles of the universe.
At this moment in time, I am about 5 paintings into my new series of works that are going to be in the Art & Soul show happening at Greenspring Gardens in August. The works themselves have been transforming into little snapshots of colorful landscapes with stickers, in motion paint strokes, and colors of spring with pops of modern flowers. I find when I walk through nature, the color therapy of my walks can bring me back to the present moment and I specifically love being inspired by the different odd moments in Nature when a horticulturalist and mother earth had a dialogue and brought odd colors together to make them work. I just love it. It's beautiful. As for my work now, the garden is really entering my work even more, but not on a realistic level. More of a deconstructive level- where I merely paint the vibrations I feel while experiencing the colors and cycles of the garden. The Earth is always fluid, in motion, cycling through subtle changes. While marinating on my works yesterday, I realized, that's why I can never really paint a landscape. As much as I want to remember the landscape, I also don't. I want to remember the way it made me feel and I want to always always honor the truth about it, that it will never be the same as when I saw or felt it. Reality is fluid.
I have realized that my new works have also been honoring this present way of doing things. They are also unfolding at their own pace and the works have a less chaotic vibe, which I have always noticed has been a forefront of my work, but instead I think that this calmer more patient transformation really reflects the interconnection between my reality, color conversations, conscious meditation, intuitive artwork, modern artwork, and playfulness. It shows how much honoring the fluid motion of death and rebirth and seeing more than what we are presented can create something beautiful.
My head and heart feel like they are in the clouds, I can see different aspects of the Air and Water element transforming in my paintings and I am noticing different color vibrations jumping out in my new works. It has been fun to paint. It has been fun to take my time. It has been fun to play and grow and embody the blossom dragon I feel moving within me.
As these works continue to unfold, I will continue to update and honor their energy and hope to continue to see the messages that unfold within them. My works are not about just painting abstractly, but understanding that a walk through nature can be a conscious meditation just like painting can be. It is to immerse ourselves into the experience fully. To jump into our wonderment at all costs and enjoy ourselves. Play. Trust. Vision. Wholeness. Chaos and Harmony. Vibrations.
I found some stickers of cat mermaids, rainbows, and stars to add into my work. Cayce (my daughter) has been stoked to immerse herself into it as well. And I always again, never find anything to be random in my creations, but rather a representation of what is happening now in this moment. Motherhood. Dialogue with an old and yet new soul. Honoring the wonderment and curiosity
My works are bright, colorful, pink, blue, yellow, and purple, they are blossoming like spring in a garden. There are stickers muddled in the paint and strokes. The strokes are like the vibrations breathing off of mother nature, you, and all that is around you. The paintings are a consciousness of their own. A captured moment of creation. A garden of conversation with colors that sing songs.
A friend once popped the question, "What is color doesn't exist at all?" And I find myself marinating on that question right now in this moment- reflective. The Earth would still sing and flowers would still be beautiful and my paintings would still vibrate and breathe. Because Emotions are real. At least for me, and that is my reality. I am interconnected with the Earth through it's emotions. When I feel sunny, I paint sunny things. When I feel cloudy, it's raining outside.
Nothing is by chance. Everything is by metaphor. and I love it. Painting, Poetry, Beauty, a reflective reality of this moment. A fluid in motion conversation with the world all around me.
Thank you for being apart of it.
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