"Turn Left a Thousand Feet From Here" - oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 24" x 36" x 1.5". Ready to hang. Available here and at Artfinder.
The sea continues to call me. As do these ethereal seascapes. This one, my largest oil painting yet, took me on a wild ride for a couple of weeks. But I landed safely on the sand. :)
Choosing a title for this painting was trouble - and that's not usually a problem for me. But sometimes paintings have a strong, independent energy and demand a specific name. I finally stumbled across it in a Daniel Ladinsky translation of a Hafiz poem:
What I really want to give you
Yet all day long
I try painting maps on the sky
With bright, tender sounds
"Turn left a thousand feet from here,
Just past that next hill..."
The poem continues, but this bit made me smile. Isn't the universe like that? Painting maps on the sky while trying to nudge us in one direction or another. We can't always understand those bright, tender sounds but we stand and listen and stare and appreciate. I suppose it wouldn't be as much fun if messages came to us in clear, concise billboards. But it might be nice if the sky map were a little less challenging to decipher now and again.
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If your sound is on, you might have heard a catchy tune on my site today. This is thanks to the AMAZING MIKE at Tiny Anthems, who wrote a theme song for me: "Jen, Deftly Summoning Unknown Birds Like It Ain't No Thang (But It Is A Thang)" Am I the only artist with a theme song?
Unusual things of unusual feather,
Are brought together.
Sounds like the lyrics of collaboration! Want to listen again? Click here and find the anthem on my landing page!
It is a rare and wonderful instructor who can hold space for many people for a long period of time. And even more so when done over the internet. But Pauline has that special magic. You can bet I'll return for more in the future.
This piece was inspired by a long, rocky beach in Ireland, where we stood as the sun was setting - the end of a halcyon day. We watched the sun drop behind the horizon and I felt a longing to start the day all over again. A perfect tribute painting for endings and beginnings..
But there is still a swirling magic here in misty PDX, where a little birdie told me a big announcement will be coming soon. Oooooooooh I can hardly wait!
And the sometimes surreal mental exercise which painting can be (6th dimension anyone?) and clouds. Just sitting in a cloud, oh wow. So if you'd like to tap your feet and groove a little to this upbeat and odd little number, click on the link below.
The piece finally came together in a big, wonderful way. Whew! A little rest is in order.
Note: no bears were harmed in the making of this piece of art. Unless you count mental bears. Several of those are now hog-tied in the studio. :)
Which means the seascapes have overflowed onto the life drawings, and further confirms my belief that life is like a Family Circus cartoon, where one glance in another direction leads us on a meandering, adventure-filled trail leading exactly where we need to be.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation