We all have the potential to be happy and compassionate people, and on the flip side we also have potential to be harmful to others. This potential is present within each one of us. Mahatma Gandhi once said “It is good to see ourselves as others see us. Try as we may, we are never able to know ourselves fully as we are, especially the evil side of us.” I see the truth in this statement.
Positive actions give us inner strength, less fear, and more self-confidence. This extends our sense of caring to others without any barriers, whether religious, cultural or otherwise. We all have the potential to grow the good. If we start with ourselves and lead with an open heart, imagine the type of world we would be living in. This painting leans towards a more minimalistic composition and is titled “Open Heart”, 36”sq, Reach out for details firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing up in a beach town in the summer was amazing. I have fond memories as a young child of spending my days swimming, climbing the jetty and eating sandy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (not recommended). In my teens, that same beach is where I had my first kiss and had my young heart shattered. When I think back to all of those experiences I smile. This quote by B.J. Neblett says it all.
“We are the sum total of our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the person we are, at any given point in our lives. And, like a flowing river, those same experiences, and those yet to come, continue to influence and reshape the person we are, and the person we become. None of us are the same as we were yesterday, nor will be tomorrow.”
I am a beach girl at heart and my abstractions are the sum total of my life experiences.
My posts are toggling back and forth these days with Figurative and Abstracted work. All I can say to that is that I am on this wild upswing and connecting to my truth as a painter.
The inspiration to create this painting all began with putting my daughters to bed. Part of their bedtime routine is to listen to music with either me singing completely off tune or listening to a selected list of songs. We were listening to “Imagine” written by #JohnLennon and I was telling my girls that this is one of my favorite songs. The following morning my oldest started singing it to me. The beauty of her singing as well as the beauty behind the lyrics burrowed deep into my heart. That morning in the studio I started working on this #painting. “Imagine”, 20 x 20″, Acrylic on Canvas, 2018. Just imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders, divisions of religion or nationality.
The following excerpt about the guest curator is from the prospectus for this exhibition. “Dean Sobel was instrumental in the creation and development of the Clyfford Still Museumand has been the museum’s Director since its opening in February 2005. A specialist in 20th Century art, Sobel was the Director of the Aspen Art Museum from 2000-2005 and was concurrently Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. He has organized over 60 exhibitions of international contemporary art including multiple solo retrospectives. He is the author of One Hour Ahead: The Avant-Garde in Aspen, 1945-2004, published in 2004.”