It is a rather chill-laid-back-taking-it-easy Sunday back at the home stead. The week has been busy to say the least. On Thursday night the gallery opened up to the public and a lovely relaxed flow of visitors which included friends, family and new faces arrived intermittently creating the perfect viewing space at all times. The last thing I wanted was lots of people arriving to the gallery all at once, so it was my perfect scenario. The space of each room demanded freedom to experience and view the pieces in a certain flow.
I loved how children perceived the abstract paintings and then how they all followed the eyes of the animals in the ‘creature’ room. It was the highlight and delight of the show for me. I am not a person who gets nervous at events as I am so eager to see reactions and hear commentary. And to get it from children is such a hoot. What moved me to my core was how people reacted to my painting titled “Clouds that block the sun”. It was so personal to me and to see how many people felt the same pain and sadness yet sense of calm viewing it really meant the world to me.
Depicting Nature’s duality in touches of Blue.
*During the manifestation and preparation for this show, my paternal Grandfather and maternal Grandmother passed away. They did not go quietly, battling through illness and disease. It was a very poignant part of my life experiencing such harrowing pain on having to watch two paramount figures pass on. A certain calmness comes with grief, in waves or clouds that sometimes hang over us. The sun shining through in two parts is of no coincidence in this painting. Neither is the raised bold impasto of paint on the bottom right hand corner, worn like a scar.
Here are some snaps of the night, I would like to thank everyone who came and who also dropped in over the weekend. It is open until July 13th at In-Spire Gallery, Lower Gardiner St.