Sometimes, it’s just a matter of letting your ideas float while painting. This past week, I had a dream…something about seeing a face looking up out of the bottom of a well. It was dark down that hole, but I could still see the face. Instead of being made of rock, the walls were made of lush green foliage and plant life.
“Green is symbolic of communicating care on a subtle, energetic level. When we dream of green, we are imbued with a magical ability to transfer knowledge by unorthodox means. Green facilitates growth, love and healing by mental stimulation. Greeks believed intelligence came from the heart. This combined with the green of the heart chakra talks to us about emotional intelligence and communicating with an open heart. I realize I’m being vague here, this kind of ethereal communication isn’t easily identified. However, we can look to mother nature for help in explanation. She speaks in viridian tongue – communicating a sea of burgeoning growth – all expressed by the color green. When we dream of green we’re experiencing levels of healing and growth that are subtle. It’s time to concentrate on the areas of our lives that need to flourish. Once we hone in, and begin to express our identification on an emotional (heart) level, our growth will be exponential and immense.”
I have no idea what was going on or who it was, but I’ve heard that all characters that one sees in a dream are the self. I would consider this character to be a shadow person.
Given a two hour time limit, painting at the Rumble House does not always allow for a real resolution to a painting, but rather, allows the artist enough time to put the idea down in an instant. Most of these works would be considered sketches of a sort. I did not achieve the depth in this painting that was in my mind. This would have required many more layers. I tried to create the sense of coming out of depths quickly, by painting central dark to outward light auras regardless. I got a quick snap shot, but not the result I had hoped for.
The inspirations that were drawn from the wheel of doom included 1) a whale breaching 2) These
And 3) hmm….something inspired by a Dylan Thomas poem. Each evening at Rumble House, as was true of the Gorilla House, these inspirations may be included/explored by the artists in their works or be ignored all together.
Some of the real highlights last night were having ukelele music flowing live out of the heart of Emma Rouleau in the house.
Nina, of Hear’s My Soul Cafe was in the house, along with her friend, Steve. The two of them had a bit of a bidding war on my piece, but Steve managed the final bid. Thanks, Steve! It’s ok…Nina left with two fantastical pieces, one painted by my artist-buddy, Jennifer and the other by a new-to-the-rumble artist, Nick. Both, beautiful works!
Here’s the lovely Nina with Jennifer Stinson’s work.
Thanks to Andy for pulling over to say good night. And, I had a wonderful chat with another artist (I want to say that her name is Lorraine…please send me a message and let me know your name!) (LOUISE!! Her name is Louise! She read this and contacted me! So happy about that!) at the doorway, as I was leaving. She is a woman after my own heart. Priscilla, yes, I am coming out of the grief and I have appreciated your inspiration along the way.
Thanks to Steve, who generously purchased this piece at auction. Now, off to teach grade threes! We’re painting images based on the Taj Mahal today! Stay tuned!