Completed a painting yesterday. This one took some time coming through. In fact, I set it aside mid-morning feeling unable to complete it only to return to it a couple of hours later more inspired.
When it was complete I knew the painting was communicating human evolution. You can see on the left the DNA/RNA strands. On the right side there are neurons firing. In the middle is evolution.
The colors were purposeful. I was trying to create an earthy feel. This was the first communication I received from the painting-to-be and why it was so difficult for me to complete. I wanted it to be something totally different than what it wanted to be. Sometimes the art and I have a little tug-of-war, me wanting it to turn out one way and it protesting until I give in and listen to what it wants to be. In this instance it won yet again and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If it doesn’t win then I usually end up black washing the entire canvass and starting over. lol
Since I am fairly new to being an “artist”, at least in my adult years anyway, the way the art communicates what it wants to be is a totally new phenomenon for me. It really does have its own “life” and “message” to communicate. I am learning that there is absolutely no way to create art that “speaks” from the mind. It has to come from the heart. The more that I express my heart through my art, the more tuned into my heart I become. On the days that I paint I feel more accomplished and happy than on the days I don’t. It makes my day “flow” seamlessly and without restraint, allowing me to experience the moment, overriding my mind and quieting inner dialogues.
I sent an image of this painting to my husband. His opinion of my art is validating and his critiques helpful. He comes from a family of artists. Both of his parents were artists, his father made a living selling handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry and his mom received her master’s degree in art. This is what he said about this particular painting:
It is so creative and colorful. I love the use of colors and I love the pattern motifs that repeat through the work. I think that it is fantastic that you are letting your creative skills flow out. And I really encourage you to continue and also to learn and perhaps take some courses. I really really want to take a course myself because I feel that I could also really improve my skills and abilities. I know that one of the most creative times in my life was when I was taking art classes in high school! And the cool thing about it is not only the instruction that I received but also being able to look at the works of others and to have a collaborative sort of creative environment. So anyways I sincerely think that it is fantastic that you are creating works of art. And it is fun and enjoyable to see the new works as you do them.
Currently I have so many paintings that I do not have enough wall space for them all. My sister-in-law, who recently relocated here from L.A., wants to sell my husband’s artwork. She has the connections and PR experience to do so and is eager to give it a try. She only wishes to sell originals and at first I declined selling mine, but now I am thinking I may need to. I would rather they be hung up and displayed on a wall than sitting on the floor in my closet gathering dust. What do ya’ll think? Should I sell them or keep them?