Everything is connected.
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The mountains always make me feel so connected, to nature, to my inner being. They collectively deliver their quiet message in such a gentle way, I am reminded that even when I look around a vast valley, surrounded by mountains on every side, they are all ultimately connected to each other... and when you think about it so are we.
This thought can be comforting when we are separated from people or places that matter to us. Looking at the bigger picture every living being on earth is connected, we all have an impact on our world and consequently on each other and our environment.
What would the silent mountains say if they could speak...
This series is full of layer upon layer of beautiful paint, you can see the layers underlying each other, touching each other, reaching through space and time, everything is how it should be, everything is connected.
When the mountains visually touch each other, short of a rockslide or an earthquake, it is permanent, when the ones who matter to us touch our lives it leaves an unseen mark on us for life. This hidden connectedness (like the many hidden layers in the artworks in this series) that we feel is just as beautiful and important as the connectedness we see in the mountains.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE ALMOST STRAIGHT LINES?
These lines may look straight at first glance, but they're mostly painted freehand, with a fairly steady, unsteady hand.
I use a lot of tape when I paint, but when I use soft transparent hues the paint bleeds into the tape then when the tape is lifted it reveals a bit of a mess, hence I prefer to paint most of these lines with a simple brush stroke guessing the straightness and coming close enough to a freehand 'straight'...
This results in the 'un-straight, straight' lines in these artworks and the imperfect edges is what I really love about them. It makes the art less strict, less rigid, and instead full of movement and soul.
These lines are painted by hand, not with a computer programme, or by using a ruler, furthermore it's paint, so nothing can be totally erased and I don't believe it should be. It's like life if you will, some things we try to mask but we should really revel in our own, and in others, imperfect perfection.
I've been thinking a lot recently about the need I have inside me pressing me to paint, it's more present than ever, so, despite my limited tiny space I'm planning something.
Life has been hard these past few months, we all deal with pain and loss in our own way, I am planning a therapeutic painting collection, something that's coming from deep within me feelings yearning to be processed, to be let out, to be expressed in colours and forms. I hope that it will help me process some of the pain and help me see the beauty around me again. I already feel that it will be beautiful and uplifting and healing,
I can see colours and strokes forming in my subconscious mind, I've already started the creative process without even picking up a brush, it's consuming my mind and that is a welcome relief... and you know what the good news is...? this new collection, I'm going to share it with you.
It's still months away, and I'm not going to rush but I already have a collection name, it just called to me out of the mountainous forests that surround me and settled gently in my mind, it's simply a matter of time before I start to physically create, this collection will be heart healing goodness, for me.
I'm sure it can't remove all of the pain and I don't even want it to, but it might bring relief to the hurt and be maybe some kind of beautiful release to the pain I feel currently when I think of my sister and perhaps transform this hurt into a feeling more representative of all the good things that should be associated with my memory of her. From my heart to yours x Louise.