Look deeply into the painting before you read about the creation. What do you see?
What do you feel? What is your interpretation of what is happening in this piece?
What does it mean to you? What symbols are calling to you?
Studio Reflections …
She Calls to me
Everyday I enter the Studio
She whispers softly and says
This is not the way its suppose to be
Relax into the unknown
Trust this whisper
Paint as if you know
That you know without a doubt
You were born
And that the magical wonder
That is within you
Waiting for you to step in
To the transition
And allow what ever movement
Within you soul
Needs to come forth
Trust the whispers are there to guide
And to be by your side
Every Step of the way
I see you
I hear you
(This was written weeks before the painting transformed from a forest to this intuitive,
symbolic abstract that it is.)
Satisfaction … There was something so satisfying from witnessing this painting find its way. It was my biggest challenge so far – and the whispers continued to say within, “no – this isn’t the one meant to be.”
These shapes pulled me in.
Turned it upside down. And I saw tiny houses with doors and one at the bottom.
Turned it once more and it became a village.
The last strokes were the dashes down the centre of the painting. It was turned sideways. I had no idea why – but I was moved to make these marks. I trusted in the process and didn’t hesitate or get caught in my head with judgement.
Symbolism & Metaphors
My daughter came into the room when the painting was finished and asked “what made you put morse code in your painting? I said what? I love unexpected symbolism that comes through paintings sometimes. I looked at it and saw – dash dash dot dash
– When I looked it up I found out that it represents the letter “Q”. So I continued to look deeper. Q – is spelled “Cue” for pronunciation. And “Cue” means …. Wait for it … “to enter”.
Also – noticing all the “dashes” that intuitively were painted at the very end of this piece, it was also brought to my attention that there is a poem about the “dash”.
On stones at the Cemetery, we find the date you were born – a dash – and the date you died. It’s a beautiful poem that talks about the importance of how you live “your dash.”
I painted the dashes with the canvas turned on its side. You will notice that they are grouped in sets of 3 (to the left), then 1 (in the centre), then 2 (to the right). This number idea was curious to me so I googled: What does the number 312 mean?
And this was the first thing that came up on my screen:
Bible | John 3:12 – “If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?”
The unfolding of it all – such a curious, beautiful thing.
The moment I painted the last dash and circled it with a paint stroke, I could feel in my body that my job, as a painter, was done here.
“Shadows” is two separate bodies of work showing at once at Southampton Arts ~ “Up Close and Personal | A Healing Journey through Grief” by Susan Seitz (Walkerton) and “Come and See | Culture Oppressed” by Brent Henry (Saugeen #29).
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