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Friday, January 11, 2008

the secret behind the painting "WITHIN"

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Unlike the rest of the paintings in the “Flights of Fancy” collection, this one took the longest “to mature” experiencing all the “rites of passage”, perhaps becoming one of the most poignant of metaphors yet.
I was going through the strong “circle and spiral and earth phase” when I began, as with the others, attempting to find a way to express my feelings; on this occasion to “pretend looking out to the world/earth from a secret, distant vantage point” …
It was not meant to be…
Through the months and, the many stages/attempts, I began noticing that this work was clearly telling me that it was all about looking in, not out.
It definitely had an intent of its own!
I began with a watercolour and ended up with a gold leaf mixed media piece – neither before nor after - that clearly shows the vantage point narrowing into the subject, not vise-versa… granting a rich glimpse “within”.

Within, I found a distinct focus, a horizon/resting place, with all sorts of life energy surrounding and flowing about. Just as with inner life…

A deep red solid land mass just a quarter way up into the circle, symbolizes/provides the power from the earth and gives energy on all levels.
The yellows/ambers, rising above indicating the rebirth of the day with the warm rays of the sun, connects us to our mental self.
The luscious greens, representing nature in its glory - all surrounding/cocooning - connecting us to unconditional love and balancing our whole being.
The luminous blues bring us a pacifying and great relaxation effect, as well as connecting us to our unconscious self, giving us the experience of being part of the whole universe.
The purple connects us to our spiritual self, bringing guidance, wisdom and inner strength.
The circle, a sacred hoop/ring; ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity; the goddess, and female power - the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized mother earth, and a sacred space.
Last but not least, the gold, a sacred hue - symbolically leading “within” – crowning, or gently embracing the experience by contributing ancient beliefs of illumination, love, self-esteem, courage, passion, light, sun – solar magic, fire. Prosperity, wisdom and the yang …
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:) AMB
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1 comment:

QUASAR9 said...

Hi Stardust,
here's wishing you and your close ones much merry making and all the best for the festive season