This painting I sold at First Saturday Arts Market, January. This series has been selling most often the first time out to a market. Its detail is not readily apparent by photograph, its subtleties, its nuances and complexities.
One of my favourite elements to show people is how the light interacts with these paintings, the mirroring back and forth between the flat and glass like paints. By candlelight and by changing light in a room, depth becomes more pronounced and the paintings have an energy and a glow to them. I live with these paintings sometimes for only a week. I see them by morning window light when we have coffee together … I see them by evening lamplight and occasionally by flashlight when I am awake in the night.
After the light effect, I am also excited to share with people the meanings inside each painting. I have learned that layered in the guided experience of painting also is presented the ability for a painting to be communicative in its meaning. Paintings are in the visual arts but they also want to speak. This painting is “The Peninsula” and it is about going out onto the peninsula to survey, to look around and assess what is working and not working in our lives. It also has an element of one of those View Master toys and if you look closely at the light blue of the top of the painting, it could be another shore, complete with black rocks in its shallow waters, its own shore with its own picture.
The scene is getting ready to flip; there is a new beginning. Thank God there is a new beginning. Following a time of introspection, change happens. Mixed with natural changes of life being in continual change, intention combined can bring changes grand essential. And so we enter a new earth; it looks to me to be lighter.
Take the winter, take it by the firestorm of introspection. Spend many hours at the wellspring of your soul and see that life can be better than you ever once imagined. Push not your feelings aside, imbibe them not. See.
Welcome to the New Year. I have grand ideas for a new one and I hope you will join me.