I have been working on my painting ‘Every Emotion is of Equal Value’ as described in my last post and, guess what, it is not proving that easy! Turns out painting emotions, whether ‘negative’ or ‘positive’, is not a piece of cake especially when each emotion is a small painting in its own right. As with many of my paintings, each of the 20 squares has taken on a life of its own. So not only is it a question of balancing the painting within itself but also of balancing it with its neighbours, in addition to balancing it within the whole canvas. Phew.
But what the hey! We don’t go into art for the ease, do we. In the meantime I am discovering so much more about how I react to my own emotions and am learning to give the ‘negative’ ones equal space to be.
Here is a selection of the painted ‘positive’ emotions.
Wonder is at the inception of every creative act; I wonder what would happen if I did this …? This square of deep blues and blacks highlighted with silver leaf symbolises the night sky, the ultimate in WONDER. When we gaze up at that infinite expanse of deep black, flecked with shining celestial bodies, it is almost always with a sense of wonder.
For JOY I wanted a lightness of touch and so this interpretation is painted over silver leaf in light, delicate colours. My view is that joy cannot be manufactured; you can’t make yourself feel joy, it is a spontaneous emotion.
EXUBERANCE just had to be orange. Orange is the most childlike of all the colours and, orange jumpsuits and the Orange Revolution aside, quite an innocent colour. Orange sings with enthusiasm and cannot fail to make you join in. I always visualise the feeling of orange to be akin to bouncing on a bed of tangerine jelly!
Next time we’ll have a look at how some of the painted ‘negative’ emotions turned out …