Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
36 x 48 in.
“I started this piece one evening when the reality of the pandemic was closing in on me. I opened a large canvas, set it on the easel, turned the lights way down, and started painting random shapes and squiggles, selecting colors and brushes without looking. After a while I began to feel better. In the days since I've added to the piece without specific direction, filling in shapes and watching them evolve into recognizable forms: stairs, trees, planets, creatures. I shared it in an email to a friend, who responded the next day with a story of how this spoke to her as a painting of ‘what we’re going through,’ and how each element completed the story. I kept going, incorporating some thoughts and suggestions from her and other friends who reacted to the painting. Creating this piece has given me a feeling of calm, hope and purpose through this time. And hearing people’s responses, a few of which I’ve shared below, has brought me a sense of fulfillment.
‘Some doors are opening, some are dark. creativity comes in flowing waves. There is light and darkness. Life struggles on, flowers bloom, we dream of better times. The birds are there to lift us up.’
‘This is a beautiful, but lonely piece — only one of each creature with a beating heart, all looking toward the viewer as if waiting for something to happen.’
‘While the corona virus is central, the painting speaks to me of the hope that art, love, and community provide, and which will lead us forward. I love the life just below the surface, ready to blossom when the time is right.’
‘This speaks to me of home. solace, comfort, hope.’
‘It brings me to an alternate reality that is more kind and magical.’”
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