We make our plans and life has a way of rearranging them. The same thing happens with artwork. We start out with a sketch, hoping to turn it into a similar painting. Something happens and it turns into something either just a little different, or changes into something unalike what we had in our minds.
This painting is no exception. At this point, it doesn’t look much like a painting. The colors are as close to the original as I can get. Artworks just don’t look the same once you scan or photograph them. Well, that’s how it is for me, anyway. So, I used a program to make the scanned copy look more like my painting.
The image also looks a little different than my sketch. I decided to put a glove on one hand. You might interpret the meaning of the glove differently than I do. Years down the road, we might both look at this image differently. That’s because life changes our perspectives.
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Have you ever had an idea or a thought that kept you awake? As a creative person, I get lots of those. They’re the birds on the tree branch, right outside your bedroom window. Their chirping soon gives way to to screeching. All you can do is roll over, put the pillow over your head, and hope the moon lulls the birds to sleep.
I told you I was weird. One of my more recent pieces fits that category nicely. The title comes from something my husband said. He was talking about how some people seem to repeat certain behaviors in a desperate attempt to get attention, but end up doing what he would call a bad parody of themselves. This digital piece illustrates that concept of a bad self-parody.
I’m working on a poem to go with this one, but I haven’t finished it. The title, itself, got my thoughts swinging in a negative direction and I had to put those lines away. I’ll indulge my inner pessimist some other day.
There’s something mysterious happening when I draw these abstract pieces. I love birds and horses, carousels, people. All of those have mysteriously appeared in my art. I didn’t plan for the carousel horse to show up in ‘Carousel’. I didn’t plan for the faces of a man and a woman to show up in ‘Wistful’. I didn’t plan for the birds to show up in ‘Birds in Hiding’. Could it be that I‘m over thinking this? Maybe it’s not mysterious, at all. People have a tendency to attach their own ideas, perceptions to the divine. That’s why we have so many religions in the world.
Maybe these things that appear in my work are manifestations of my sub conscious. I think about birds all the time. I love to hear their cheerful tunes when I awake. There’s a little park around the corner from my house where it seems that all the birds in town gather in the evening. I often go there just to sit and listen to all the chirping. Is this
why the birds are showing up? Maybe it’s just because I use lots of curved lines
in my drawings.
I could say something spiritual the whole experience and say that my work is trying to tell me something. And, it just may be. Though, I don’t want to go off the deep end and start assuming that there is a hidden message in everything I draw.
One thing is true about all of this: I enjoy creating these pieces. If there is a hidden message in my art, it would be this:
Every person interprets things differently. Some people take a look at what I create
and don’t see the hidden images. Others stare at them a long time, fascinated
with the things that seems to appear out of nowhere. We’re all different and have different views. Those views are based on our experiences, backgrounds, and cultures. We can all learn something from every person and situation in our lives. We don’t have to agree on how we see things. Though respecting the other person’s right to see things how they choose to is key to living in peace with one another.