A YEAR OF LISTENING
I am so thankful that I can express my thoughts with images and words. The past two years have been years of other peoples’ words filling my head as they talk of politics. While I need to stay aware and active in the health of our country these social media blitzes have made it hard to hear my own voice.
I have always needed a place to go where I can hear my real self, that wiser, more innocent voice I hold inside. Sometimes an image, more than words holds the feeling of peacefulness and patience I am waiting for. From this need has come a continuing series of paintings of women who are listening. The piece above was the first and is called LISTENING FOR ADVICE. Creating art allows me to let myself think and to hear my own thoughts instead of the thoughts that bubble up in an effort to accept the voice of a larger, more vocal group.
I showed the first three pieces in the listening series a year ago. I felt good when I looked at them, but wondered, as artists do, if others would connect to what I felt inside. They all sold with orders for prints and continue to sell. But the real gift has been meeting the people they speak to, and finding a universal need we share, a need to honor our own thoughts and our own visions and to wait until they are clear to us. The voice may come inside our outside of a church, in the forest or marsh, or in the foliage of the jungle. But these paintings are really a reminder to my own self, a reminder that what I really believe is audible if I will be still and alone long enough to listen.
11/8/2018 07:17:56 am
11/10/2018 05:27:26 pm
I love your intriguing stories and the gorgeous folk art that you create to express them. It’s truly a beautiful and delightful journey you take us viewers on!
3/15/2019 10:43:11 am
Thank you for this!
7/20/2019 02:01:02 am
Art tells a story. It uses the power of the visual image to spark imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths and aspirations. As an artist, it’s not just any story you are detailing on the blank page or canvas. It’s a story told through your filter. It’s a story that has your unique take on the world. A story that has captivated your own imagination. Whatever tools we use, we tell the story about our work and ourselves in a way that engages an audience. That what makes good art.
8/12/2019 02:45:19 pm
Not necessary art tell a story.
1/19/2020 06:44:07 pm
touches my ❤️... thank you!
1/20/2020 11:27:10 am
Thank you Sabina. These images are dear to my heart and I am glad they touch others. Teri
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