Sunday, August 21, 2011

Style File


Does your blog roll need freshening up? Seth from the Altered Page is hosting a challenge that introduces some great online artists. 

Today's Style File is good for hearing others talk about their work, which helps with tweaking our own artist statement. Often, I'm painting what I can't put in words and the artist statement is an ongoing challenge. I'm happy with the short and simple version on Seth's blog today.

 Last winter I spent one cosy afternoon chatting and having a cup of tea with artist Elaine Amyot (a goldmine on symbolism, myth and feminine energy), explaining one on one what I was trying to say. Not only strong visually, she's a writer and that makes her a fantastic 'translator.'  The experience was not only delightful, but valuable in helping me feel more comfortable talking about my work.



16x20" oil on canvas (sneak peek at the "Rebirth of Light" series)


This is her version. "Gold which symbolizes light, sun, life, hidden treasures; since it remains forever unchanged, gives the work a timelessness, freeing us from measuresured time to enter unmeasured Kairos. The three circles, or sometimes squares, which are in each work are a sign for spiritual synthesis. In viewing these works we will have an experience of something wordless, something spriritual and of being intimate with a timeless immensity."

(The above painting doesn't look gold here, but it is a platinum).

What is the easiest way for you to communicate the tough, vulnerable stuff you may wish to shelter? Writing, speaking, visuals, tactile? Something else?

6 comments:

Dave said...

Found you via Seth...

Beautiful painting!! Thanks for letting us see this!!

Seth said...

This is such a gorgeous painting, as is the one you shared on my blog. Thanks for being a part of the project.

Gwen Buchanan said...

So Great to see you on Seth's blog.. it is always an inspiration and now especially with your work there......

Tracy said...

LOVE that painting, Shayla... all the metallic is a thrill! Really enjoyed this topic too. Visuals have long been my best way to translate my inner truth, my inner world. Writing comes a close second. But what's interesting about that is I prefer my written word over my speaking. They are one in the same, and yet not somehow...hhhmmm??!!... ;o) Off to check your links. Happy Week, my friend ((HUGS))

Deborah Carr said...

Saw your painting featured in the paper the other day. My heart lifted with recognition!

MiKa Art said...

How beautiful!!

I guess, I just don't express very deep down feelings - just hug my dog. But, of course, I should be using artistic expressions!