Connections of Intent: A view from the studio: Part 3
From the last blog I posed this idea:
Without turning inward towards finding understanding at that soulful level do we risk being consumed by fears and desires that lay all around us? How do we navigate this journey through our lives? That is the question.
As an artist how do I translate these thoughts into paint? I know how to write about this concept in great detail, but in paint you are working with color, movement, marks, and an illusion of dimensionality…where are the guides towards being able to deconstruct and unfold ideas onto this flat surface?
In fact, if you have my book you will know that I write extensively and make multiple drawings of the image and deconstruct the symbolism of the objects so I understand the language that are the objects (like the words) that will tell the story. But I am still left with how will the painting carry the message?
At the end of the day, unless there is either text or a diagram showing the relationship of symbolic reference to objects, most everyone will be left to their own devices in order to understand the painting. That is where the power of paint comes in. If, and this is always a big if; if I am fully immersed in the concept of the symbolic idea and in a meditative state then the very act of painting transcribes the idea through the color, movement and usage of shadow and light to emotionally move the viewer through the language of the paint.
This is the stepping out of the intellect and into the soul using the thousands of hours of learning the how of painting to just then, be in the moment and paint. Not a bad way to live our daily lives as well, this idea of always living in the moment.
But I promised a look into the journal in regards to this painting.
January 26, 2014
Dark figure rearing- fear (Looming, pervasive, encroaching, encompassing, weighted) the darker figures behind the figure holding the heart and pointing
Grief lies within
Doubt lingers in the multitude of faces-a kind of hunger that consumes
Light figure-illuminated belief (Coming out of the mirrored reflection: angelic, flowing, liberating, ascending) on right side of painting
The beckoning outstretched hand-feather tumbles from the hand,
lightweight, symbol of hope’s wing
The hand that holds illuminating light (energy)
Illuminating Truth-that energetic consciousness that liberates us into our purpose
The twin trees: through the forest we must travel-that place out of nature that loosens the mind and reconnects us back to the elemental. Shadows linger, but there is a glow of hope
Mirrors: illuminated truth and the “seeing hand” (the portal that allows the body to jump into the next existence, the spiritual consciousness)- the smaller mirror the figure is pointing to
Larger mirror: reflecting out the reality that surrounds, but also an emotional essence
Book of Truth-knowledge written as a guide
Clock: Time fragmented lost almost, discarded (lower right, discarded)
Masks discarded-the stripping back of the layers that protect us until we find our true selves
Spirits hover and Watchers watch
Behind the lighter angelic figure flow the ever-connected ancestors that await our call to help, to guide. We learn from the past in order to move into the future all the while living always in the Now…
Beyond the figure is the narcissistic figure-frozen in bending stare upon ego’s reflection-seen in the background
Orchids-balance of nature’s power to evoke beauty that transcends all mindless chaotic thought
These are some of my notes. Here is a page with the drawing and notes surrounding it:
Here is the progression in photographs:
Next: progress and poetry and a detailed look at one section of the painting. JDW