Acrylic on canvas with passion
60 cm x 90 cm x 4 cm
Inspired by a beautiful painting a child gifted to me not long after I returned to paintings. I created this piece in response to yet another lockdown. Wondering, as we all are, “when will this nightmare end?” And I thought of my unicorn painting and the childlike innocence and trust and innocence it was created with, and I flowed with grace. Also inspired by Helen Frankenthaler and her ‘fierce poise.’
Somewhere along the way in my fifties, I discovered the work of Helen Frankenthaler… I loved the way she embraced a childlike love of beauty and her call to ‘let er rip’ – to embrace spontaneous joy in colour-soaked fields of colour. I devoured her bio and found a kindred soul.
She had a very traumatic childhood and suffered from anxiety and sadness and found release in her paintings. “Each crisis, if properly realized, can turn into production,” she wrote. Twenty days later, with the freedom and curiosity of a child, she painted what is regarded as her greatest work, Mountains and Sea.
As Alexander Nererov writes in this biography of Helen Frankenthaler, Fierce Poise, “The painting recalled the freedom that Helen’s sociology professor Erich Fromm had espoused, “We all know what a spontaneous act is and may have some vision of what human life could be if these experiences were not such rare and uncultivated experiences.”
Fromm saw the opposite of this freedom all around him in his adopted country, the USA. I feel history repeating all around me currently. I wanted to feel more love, less fear and to help others achieve happiness too.
I set an intention to make child-like spontaneity my new norm. Capturing, creating and collaborating with others the beauty of childlike play has become my passion and joy. I love painting on the wing and seeing people moved by spontaneity, joy, and ultimately life itself.
It was a great compliment when someone, intending to be derogatory, said to me, “Are you the woman that paints like a child?”
“Yes, I am,” I said. “Come to the studio and play.”
While it is true, an artist must have a mind to paint, above all he, or she must have a heart. An artist must be able to feel. Only an artist who truly cares can capture and convey emotion. Which is why it warms my heart so when people tell me how my work made them weep, cry, or tear up. Not because the paintings were gloomy, but because they spoke to their soul. We must feel, we are humans after all.
The paintings is in the think pink Series are a call to embrace happiness, love, hope and healing in our lives to live with the purpose to uplift ourselves and each other. The collection is embodied with love, positive energy, Reiki spiritual blessings and tremendous vitality which is peaceful, enlivening and enlightening at the same time.
These works of heart will bring joy to any home or office.
Opens Labour Weekend 2021
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
~ Audrey Hepburn, Actor
Perfect to brighten your home and refresh your life with an immediate uplift!
Original Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas.
The painting has been created on artist quality 100% cotton canvas and finished with a double coat of UV resistant matt varnish, protecting the longevity and enhancing the vibrancy of the colours.
The sides of the canvas have been painted white
Comes stretched and ready to hang.
Your painting will be hand signed on the front and back, with its title written on the rear of the canvas. You will also receive a certificate of authenticity.
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