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“Shifting Mood – energy self portrait”

This is my second self portrait.

Title: “Shifting Mood – energy self portrait” Oil on canvas.

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👉🏻 the piece explained :

Sometimes we hide away who we want to be and who we really are. Authenticity and happiness in this life is sometimes achieved when we make huge sacrifices. Some are brave enough to and others are not.

This painting represents the inner war many of us have with trying to survive when we want to cry and choose to solider on even if that means wearing a mask until a time comes when we can step free of it.

This is for anyone who knows what this internal and external struggle is like. I choose blue because right now it reflects the mood. Blue is a colour that suggests peace. It’s the colour of the calm sea and the clear sky, both of which are linked to inner serenity, calm and clarity. Blue was also shown to slow heart rate and breathing, so it can be a good colour to aid in meditation or relaxation. So in trying to find the calm in chaos. It is also associated with the need to feel authentic and unique. With the splash of red I wanted to draw attention to the struggle.

It is the colour associated with energy and aggression. Red has an effect on our physiological state, since it increases heart rate and makes us breathe faster. Red is very noticeable, so an overuse can be irritating or provoke aggression. A red accent on a neutral background can help draw attention to a single element. This is how I have used it here. The white is purity of mind.

 

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Moving through time

“Moving through time” oil on wooden panel.

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Utterly lost in the beautiful work of William Turner today. He wasn’t a people’s artist. He was known as cantankerous and often obsolete of real human connection but he connected to the land and nature. And held full adherence to the truthful capturing of the colours within nature.

“He was not concerned with minutiae and refinements, but adopted violent and sometimes complementary colours (to obtain the greatest degree of luminosity) so that the foreground plane was readily dissolved into a simple patch of colour”.

As he evolved he showed how one could see through the great masses of light and shade. On doing so he not only anticipated certain attitudes of the impressionists towards what is ‘seen’ but came to create the great historical synthesis between the Dutch landscape tradition and the universal grandeur of classicism.

In this piece“Moving through time” that I have painted I am dissembling a landscape and honing in on light and imbalance, the same that is found in nature.

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Energy Portraits

Over the last few months I have been painting a collection of energy portrait pieces which delves in the energy force within a person and captures it onto the canvas.

One of my patrons said that she felt they were metaphysical portraits and then another woman said the same thing to me when I was chatting to her last week. For me, it is my attempt to answer the essentially metaphysical question of the nature of the mind and the psyche of a person or subject matter and then display it on canvas. It then helps or assists the person in further understanding parts about themselves that may have lay hidden or unearthed. A visual representation and reflection of their inner selves on a canvas, if you will. Interpretive of course.

Nature and indeed human nature inspires me. How we are made up and what makes us who we are. Below is a recent Energy Portrait I completed for a rather impressive litigator in London who works for the UN. You will note the strong use of blue and how intense the strength of the tones throughout the painting depict the strength of the subjects energy.  The rest of the story behind it will be maintained as private between the artist and the subject. As it is a very personal kind of portrait where the subject allows the artist enter into their energy space and draw from it. These particular pieces are such an honour to paint.

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Below is another Energy Portrait, this time, it was as if the subject held together moments of her life in her energy field that made up a clear image like a landscape. The red across the bottom depicting a loss of love/life along the way and the calm matured tones and elements reconcile her balance in life.

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The piece below is broken into two parts. It was a very beautiful and powerful lady who works a great deal with people as part of her day to day and the spiritual realm as a physic and life coach. When I met her the beautiful tones of maroon and rich auburn and yellow came to the forefront. A strong male energy came along with it and a shadowy memory of Londons docklands in the 1800 and 1900’s. so in essence it became about more than her own energy but those attached to her too.

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