What lies within you? Fire? Water? An alternate universe? The sea? So much lies within: heart, soul, mind, emotion, nerves, breath and love.
This painting seeks to encapsulate through line and color what lies within.
Painting is a new creative outlet for me and this is the first time I have painted on canvas. I learn so much about myself when I create. I learn patience, self-love, perseverance and gentleness. I know that I cannot fail in the outcome, because it’s all learning and that relieves the pressure to make perfect “fine art”. I don’t seek to make perfect art, I seek to make HeART.
Beautiful words from a friend about “The World Within” painting. It is always interesting to learn what others see.
“All the pictures you sent are rather compelling viewing. Very colorful I looked over each one and they’re very nice, I’m rather drawn to the 3rd one that looks like a corn stalk in a heavy wind. Liked the way the colors blended and gave the effect of the sun breaking thru the storm.” ~ Steve
Moved to tears.
Have you ever put so much of yourself into a piece that your heart breaks and comes back together on the canvas? That is what happened with this piece. Read on for how this piece evolved:
The texture came from a particularly hurtful and frustrating interaction with a family member. I was massively upset and needed to do something that would relieve the tension, so I laid down the gel medium with a palette knife and let it dry, then began painting. I was exhausted from nearly two months of helping a friend pack and move out of state, downsizing my mother-in-law’s home and bringing many heirlooms into our home, making room for said pieces and working too. It was exhausting, frustrating and painful – mentally, emotionally and physically.
As the process of change was navigated, we learned to give one another the benefit of the doubt and not be so hard on one another or ourselves.
The colors became softer, the light became brighter in the piece and the fish changed from a shark to a koi. The whole piece transformed. Something pretty amazing happened during its creation. Hope and joy were created. Light was found again in the middle of the storm.
Dimensions: 18 x 24″ canvas. Acrylic paint textured with gel medium, stamps, distress ink and Dylusions inks.