Letting Go of Significant Paintings
When a painting is resolved, I’m happy to release it into the world. I begin again on a new canvas, manipulating shapes while shifting values and colors until the rhythm and pattern resonates with my state of mind and heart. There are only a few paintings that have been difficult to let go of. This week, I let go of two. I thought I would keep Morning Dance forever. The other, Metro Madness … Dark Deja Vu is a painting I never wanted to look at again. At the same time, I didn’t want to forget the healing experience of having painted through pain and fear.
The story behind this painting is told on two blog posts from 2007. Link to Blog Posts.
Today was the last day to submit a painting to the 3rd Annual Paint Your Pain exhibit. “The Pain Management Center at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute (in Summit, NJ) believes that through art, patients can better cope with their symptoms, stress and experiences and help express emotions about their pain and lives to others.” I’ve known about the exhibit for four months and found one reason after another not to retrieve the painting from its hiding place. The possibility that someone else might benefit from my experience won out in the end and I made a frantic call to schedule dropping it off this morning.
Wednesday morning I shipped Morning Dance to its new home in Maryland. It was purchased during the exhibit “Imagine” in Montclair. This painting marks a major, and extremely positive, turning point in my life, both personally and as an artist. I choose not to tell my story so that a new story may be created, unique to the current owner. I find it fascinating that Morning Dance, the painting that started the Orb Series, leaves me at this time, a time when I have returned to the studio to push the Orbs and intuitive paintings into unexplored territories.
Metro Madness No.1 …. Dark Deja Vu – Oil on Kraft paper, 24″ x 48″
Morning Dance – Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 24″