In my last post I talked about breaking a stereotype. . . it felt so good I did it again.
There is an old Zen saying: “When you eat, eat. When you sleep, sleep.” May I add: When you take a bath, take a bath. Be totally present in whatever you do and you will find balance and peace of mind.
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The history of this piece is unique. It started out as a seascape. I wanted to paint a gray ocean below a huge tumultuous sky. The majority of the canvas was taken up with wild brush strokes representing an impending storm.
I showed the work in progress to Chris, my boyfriend and live-in art critic. He pointed out that the clouds seemed to form the shape of a woman. I looked at the piece again, and there it was, the curve of a woman’s body. Immediately I abandoned the seascape and started outlining the female figure. Following the contours of the clouds, she became a small breasted, big hipped woman.
Occasionally, despite all your ideas and designs, the canvas will tell you what the painting is all about. When this occurs, just let go and see what happens. In this case, it was a completely different painting.
But– a little of the seascape survived. In the background you see the turbulent clouds that once dominated the piece. They are a perfect contrast/compliment to the peaceful face of this buddha.
Acrylics on unstretched canvas, mounted on a cradled wood panel, 40″x 30″