Painting space

That has two meanings, room to paint and painting a representation of a space. This is the first large painting I’ve started in the new studio (obviously not finished, but it helps me to look at a photo in progress to see where I want to go). It’s 30×40″ and I thought it would be hard to adjust to a large canvas after the 10×10″ Twilight series, but it’s not. Working title of this painting is Valley of the Shadow. I discovered a great color today by mixing burnt umber with violet. Wow.Work in progress, acrylic on 30x40 canvas

Work in progress, acrylic on 30×40 canvas

So many good things have been coming together lately that I wanted to post Deepak Chopra’s definition of synchronicity –

Synchronicity. This is a mysterious ingredient from the unconscious that all great leaders harness. Synchronicity is the ability to create good luck and find invisible support that carries a leader beyond predicted outcomes to a higher plane. In spiritual terms, synchronicity is the ultimate ability to connect any need with an answer from the soul.

5 thoughts on “Painting space

  1. This is very satisfying painting. Thank you for sharing the “in process” work and for Deepak Chopra’s thoughts on synchronicity. Hope the painting evolves with joy for you. To me, it’s great as it is!

  2. Thanks, Pam – if it were your painting, what would you do next? I think online critiques might be fun! I’m planning to lighten up that dark left square with some soft brushwork at the bottom – we’ll see, but it doesn’t need too much more, probably.

  3. Hi Lyn, i’m not a painter but i am responding positively to the stark contrast between left and right and the way the “sky” passes through the barrier and remains the same on the other side. The juxtaposition of the fusing and diffusing on the right with the harshness of the left side is interesting to me, but likely you can reclaim that if you do soften the dark square and then don’t like it. I’m a writer, different media, but same “processing” steps of available choices. The textile art and collage that I have done is more similar to language than actual painting which requires knowledge of the actual technical capability of the chosen paints and how they move in ways that you can try to control, but can’t in the way that you can control scissor stuff. Look forward to where it ends!

  4. Great dialogue, thanks – no wonder you’re a writer 🙂 I had not even thought of reclaiming that dark square if it didn’t work , but that’s a wonderful notion! It frees me up. Thanks. I had the most interesting thought about this painting and several others that are in my mind – they are places that we somehow recognize but on a subliminal level, almost like a collective memory. At least for me, it seems to have a sense a deja vu when I start getting it “right.”

  5. Interesting thought on why we intuitively know when it’s right—as poets, storytellers, visual artists, performing artists, musicians, composers, choreographers and on and on. I’ll enjoy pondering your déjà vu idea!

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