Journal Entry 10.04.2014
Sometimes we reach a point in our life when we realize that we’re walking in circles. This can be both positive and negative in our dualistic world… which we are rapidly leaving.
When I was younger, I was very creative, writing poetry, taking art classes, sewing and the like. Much of that dropped away, given that I spend much of my waking hours at work making what passes for a “living”. Still, I have managed to step through the negative aspect of this and begin to reconnect with my creativity, when home.
Instead of ensconcing myself in front of the television, I’ve been getting out my pencil and paper, paint, brushes and canvases… to begin exploring my creativity, again. .
The latest painting is one that I’m still working on (see above) from an old black and white photo portrait taken by Edward Curtis of Chief Joseph when he was an older man. He lived to 64 years old (1904), the very physical age that I just arrived at this past week. So, in some curious way, I am celebrating both lifetimes, as Joseph and now as Eliza.
It has always been interesting to me how the knowledge of something communicates its essence to me, through my fingers and eyes as I work. For instance, I’ve painted some rather bad paintings of Mt. Rainier in the past, but I can pick out the Mountain when I see it in any photograph. I “know” it intimately from the time I have spent with it.
This is so with portraits, but even more so when there is already a connection between the spirit of the one being painted and the one who is painting. As Joseph is a part of me, I feel his spirit guiding my eyes and hands, and if my brushwork is a little clumsy, he is certainly not to blame. I just need some more practice.
I’ve been working in acrylics, as they wash up faster and are okay to use in a small space. I don’t really have room to store a lot of drying paintings, like you sometimes need to do with oils. However, I do have some fast drying oils and water soluble (which still take a while to dry!) that I may attempt to play with before I “leave”.
Thanks for being here now. Many hands and hearts are needed to get the work done that needs doing. Utilize your gifts and creativity and discover the joy in sharing with your friends all over the world and beyond.
All Rights Reserved, Eliza Ayres, http://www.bluedragonjournal.com