For some time now I have been aware how my feelings affect my paintings. Never has this been more so since I began painting my Saltwater series. The results of my seascapes are more often than not a subconscious manifestation of what is happening in my life at that moment in time. Only on reflection does this became apparent to me, never are the paintings contrived to fit an emotion, they are a completely instinctive acknowledgement that manifests as I am painting.
“The state of our heart at the moment of applying paint to canvas gets into the mix somehow. What our audience actually ‘gets’ when they regard our work is simply how we felt while we were doing it.”
– Eleanor Blair
My latest painting “Moontide” is an intuitive response to the cycles of nature, the waxing and waning, the ebb and flow of the tides which are reflected on a smaller scale in the cycle of the female body. The darkness, the release, and clarity that I experience are all represented in this painting.
“One makes use of pigments, but one paints with one’s feelings.”
-Jean-Baptiste- Simeon Chardin
When I began I had no idea that this painting would evolve to become a visual metaphor for my monthly cycle. As with my paintings that reflect my moods this is just a creative response to what was happening during the time of painting. Yes, I understand that some people may see this post and think that it should be filed under the “Too Much Information” category; however what would be the point in being discreet when I want to be honest and open about my creative process?