12 x 24 mixed media on canvas
abstraction in love
12 x 24 acrylic on canvas
I usually approach an abstract painting 'intuitively,' meaning I have no preconceived ideas.
Though with 'voice interrupted' I did begin with a rough sketch of a child and a woman. When I started to paint the woman and child I was thinking about vulnerability. I was thinking about a woman's voice; her symbolic voice. Her uniqueness. I was thinking about her inner child and how in her adulthood, it is her inner child
that is in despair when her heart is broken. I was thinking about those grey areas.
Vulnerability is a tricky thing. Acutely apparent no matter the circumstances. If we are open, we are open to vulnerability. Many times we chance our vulnerabilities and can be exposed to psychological manipulators. There are those in life who will take advantage and prey upon the most vulnerable. That is something I only touch upon here but I know the 'Universe' will have its say in those matters.
And at the same time we cannot truly love unless we allow ourselves that vulnerability.
It is a catch 22 to be sure.
abstraction in love was purely driven by intuition. With only 'abstraction' and perhaps 'symmetry' in mind. I allow my feelings and emotions to flow and whatever comes ~ comes. Obviously, the Japanese Kanji script symbol for love was deliberately painted in. You will find this symbol in many of my paintings. I should get a tattoo of this very symbol and place it near my heart, for I wear my love on my heart like a tattoo or badge. That is why in my recently published self-portrait you may recall I painted the same symbol over my heart. The other elements in this painting are the sky , earth and wings of love and also those wings took on the symbol of a Phoenix bird in flight. This I noticed after finishing the painting. The Phoenix symbolizes re-birth and this is a prevalent time, personally for me, and I am sure this is true for many of you. A re-birth of intentions, of love and of creating anew. There is a re-birth after each natural disaster such as the one that will eventually take place in Haiti.
And after all, it is a new year and the possibilities are endless...
...So, here we have two very definitive meanings behind these paintings, at least for me and though I have purposefully left some of the symbolism out of my descriptions, I am fully open to your interpretations.
I love knowing what you see and feel.
AND most importantly...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my son, LOGAN!
Who is 8 years old today...:)
Momma loves you little man!