Friday, January 23, 2009

Places In Between

Pink Blossoms.
Blue skies.
Dark recesses.
And bits of chaos.

There is a lot to be said for staying in the present. Eckhardt Tolle builds his whole philosophy on it. So do the buddhists. But to move is to live. So one point becomes another with something in between. Those places in between are often messy. We breathe, we take a step. We begin. We endure. Those transitions, those are a blend of what was and what is to come. But how do we get from here to there?

I want this painting to be about that. So in between the beauty of blooms, is rubble, chaos. A wetland inundated. Evidence of wind. A bit of confusion. And then intertwined, the process of growth. Resurgence. And blue skies.

So there is a little bit of all three here: then, and now, and what hopefully will be. Each vital. The trick is to integrate them into some kind of logic and meaning. Add some poetic mystery.

Yes. Smiling here. No pressure there.

Now how do we get from here to Naughty? It's Friday after all.

15 comments:

A Brush with Color said...

"One point becomes another with something inbetween." What words to live by! I love that! and your painting is looking gorgeous! Have a wonderfully naughty weekend.

Janice C. Cartier said...

I think I need coffee to be more philosophical this morning, but yep. That inbetween... manage that with out going too crazy and we 're good. LOL

You too have a great weekend. I hope you and Joe do something fun.

ParisBreakfasts said...

That bit of chaos has the depth of a very nice cocoa bean...
YUM

Janice C. Cartier said...

ooh thank you PB.... yum right back at you.

Rebecca Smith said...

Janice,
Your springtime palette is a site for sore eyes—-eyes that sting with white, white, white!

Janice C. Cartier said...

Rebecca-

Freezing winter chill
Snow that wets the spring to come
Soft pink appetizers.

LOL- some haiku fun for you.

Ulla Hennig said...

I definitely like that "blue skies" picture. Blue is one of my favorite colors anyway.

Janice C. Cartier said...

I love that blue too. More to come.

Todd Smith said...

I love that concept of creating space where there was none. Two points reveal a gap or bridge that was not seen before. I think that's what good art does - it opens a space in between which viewers can fall into completely.

Janice C. Cartier said...

Todd- That meditative quality to your work creates that same kind of space, room for both the artist and the viewer. That's essential to a piece that is going to breathe. Come alive, in fact. That is the difference in just reproducing something and in investing it with that "something else." IMHO

Joanna Young said...

Jan, this piece made me cry - in a good way, of course. The combination of words and colours and images is just... beautiful.

You'll have to forgive me if I highlight the words that really spoke to me - you know I love words... but then I think you want to let your words go new places in 2009 too..

"So in between the beauty of blooms, is rubble, chaos. A wetland inundated. Evidence of wind. A bit of confusion. And then intertwined, the process of growth. Resurgence. And blue skies."

That is just so lovely.

Thank you :-)

Janice C. Cartier said...

Joanna,
Thank you so much. Audaciously getting to the matters of heart here. That my words AND images touched you, well... that brings tears to my eyes, happy ones.

That's that space in between I am after... like Todd mentioned.

(Highlight away, my friend.. it only makes my writing more "confident" ;-) )

Artist Unplugged said...

Very beautiful!

Rebecca Smith said...

"soft pink appetizers" -- LOVE it! :)

Janice C. Cartier said...

AU-thank you very much.

Rebecca-;-) Fun.