"Tuesdays Are For Painting Thoughts" - mixed media on canvas, 18" x 24"
There is fresh energy and excitement in my studio! Decluttered, rearranged and refreshed. It always amazes me how a space can change the way it feels just by moving things around and getting rid of the objects which no longer bring joy. Once I'm surrounded by joyful things, my whole mood (and my art) changes.
Part of tidying an art studio is moving some art to the "paint over" stack. Today's canvas is a result of just such a paint over. It took about ten days to finish and frame this one, but I am pretty tickled with the result! And you can still see the original painting peeking through (just a wee bit), so the love I infused in the original piece is still there and is now one part of the many layers you see here.
So this got me to thinking about how layered we are as people. We aren't a simple image, painted once and never again altered. We are painted over and over and over again, every day for all of our lives. Our experience and our thoughts shaping us every day, until what we see in the mirror is a many layered and nuanced piece of art.
Even the experiences of our families and ancestors shape us through our DNA, coding our responses to the world without our conscious knowledge. This also adds to the many layers of mystery and complexity in who we are. I had my own DNA decoded three years ago, and recently ran it through some software which tells me things I never imagined knowing about myself. For example, there is a gene mutation for heroin addiction, and I have that gene! Fortunately for me, heroin isn't part of my life, or my life would look very different! I also have a gene mutation which shapes my reaction to the modern world - chemicals, toxins, fragrances and so forth. This shapes the way I interact with the world (avoiding most of these things) and therefore my experiences and thus the layers in who I am. DNA is no longer so much of a mystery, and yet I find it more fascinating than ever before.
It's all a bit mind-boggling, isn't it?
So when you look in the mirror next, take a moment to appreciate how beautifully layered, nuanced and intricate you are as a piece of art. You are the ULTIMATE of "paint overs", a human being, a piece of art continually in process, ever changing and transforming into something more brilliant than the day before.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation