Sunday, July 16, 2006

Soundtracks to paintings......

My work doesn't really come to life for me until the last few days when I am working on it, it somehow gets activated at the end when the final glazes go down. This is the next-to-last day I will be working on this painting, and I am listening to Tori Amos' "Under The Pink" as I wrap the painting up. There are a few artists and a few musicians that truly feed me, and they are all what I call "tapped in....", accessing something far beneath the surface of things.
Rather than try to describe what this means, I will refer to one of the many quotes I have on my wall:
"The Descent Into Self....
And so, for the first time in my life perhaps, I took the lamp and, leaving the zone of everyday occupations and relationships where everything seems clear, I went down into my innermost self, to the deep abyss whence I feel dimly that my power of action emanates. But as I moved further and further away from the conventional certainties by which social life is superficially illuminated, I became aware that I was losing contact with myself. At each step of the descent a new person was disclosed within me of whose name I was no longer sure, and who no longer obeyed me. And when I had to stop my exploration because the path faded from beneath my steps, I found a bottomless abyss at my feet, and out of it comes- arising from I know not where- the current which I dare to call MY life." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

So as I paint, it is as if the music is in the air, gets breathed in, and (I hope) comes out the end of the brush.... layers, and layers, and layers.....


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8:20 AM  

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