So, getting back to work again after a longish break is never that easy. Sometimes it takes a lot of talking sternly to oneself.
As you know, if you have been reading my blog for a while, I’ve been working through some deep processing in relation to the direction my work is heading.
This has led to an understanding of where to go next and meant finding a way to bridge the gap between where I am now and where I want to go. I am currently engaged in a series of works that examine the relationships between clothes, feelings and dance.
The first work in the series became an education in something lost and something found. There is a lesson here for all of us. You cannot separate yourself from your art. Art is the expression of your creative self. No matter what you choose to craft – a film, a painting, a novel, it says something about who you are because you are the one who chose that particular thing to do and share with the world.
This creative expression becomes intrinsic to the full exploration of our lives. Without it we tend to stutter and splutter, stall and fade. We are not following our ‘raison d’etre’. I kept the first source image of the dresses for many months before beginning the painting. I didn’t know why I was so drawn to it, I just was. When I finally began the work, oh heavens, the flood gates opened and the tears poured forth. I realized the work wasn’t about dresses at all. It was about dancing. It was about the dancing I’d given up as a teenager for all the wrong reasons and the painting allowed me to grieve for the dancer I never was. How many unacknowledged griefs do you have in your own life?
The challenge is to be alert enough to signals/signs from the universe God, the great spirit – what ever you want to call it/him/her. Pay attention to things that catch your attention, that you are drawn to – even if you don’t understand why at the time. Painting can be far more than paint on canvas, if you will allow it to be.
After the initial painting of this image, more have emerged, I will share painting number 2 with you in the next post.
This week’s question: How many unacknowledged griefs do you have in your own life, and how might they be blocking you?
Look For Next Thursday’s Post: More on the development of the dress series.
Posted by: Kadira Jennings