I just recently started work on this new painting which I am now calling “Bringing Her Back To Life,” by Bea Garth, copyright 2018. Its for a show I will be participating in this September called “Stories We Could Tell” at The Cave here in Vancouver, WA.
Of course I have plenty of stories in my paintings, but this one is calling to me given my recent health crisis that became a crescendo the last couple of years. Fortunately my broken wrist is healing and is becoming stronger and more flexible with each passing month. Ditto with my knee. In addition, I have gotten clues studying genetic snps that have proven to be very helpful regarding dietary advice. That plus taking Maca and Ashwagandha is making a positive difference with counteracting some of the effects of underlying Lyme Disease that I have been struggling with the last few years.
Fortunately, I am in the process of bouncing back. I am nothing if not doggedly persistent looking for and finding remedies. That and, of course, the Painting Gods are healing me. I honestly often feel a direct connection with the healing powers of the Earth and Sky (represented here by a couple of their emissaries in this painting), especially when I am in my creative element.
I have more to do with the painting of course. Basically it is just blocked in with no shading or anything. However I really like the basic color scheme and feel like it could be very strong once completed. In many ways it reminds me of my ceramics. It has that playful yet structured character. The main thing for me is to stop before going too far! A lesson I keep needing to learn it seems in my life. Hopefully by this time I am getting better at it.
This painting reminds me of Matisse and the dancers. I am sure you know it.
Only the subject is different. They are touching each other, there is a flat application of the color. Even how he distorted the figure you have that in your work. Very interesting!
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Thank you Gaylene. I hadn’t thought of that, but can see what you are saying. It is very true that Matisse is one of my favorite artists. I think Matisse and I and many others have been influenced by ancient artists such as the Japanese and Chinese masters, Egyptians, Africans, Minoans and Greeks, plus all those rugs and wall hangings in Europe and elsewhere! I have also been influenced by the Mayans and Toltecs etc. For me it came young due to the fact my parents worked as archaeologists.