New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year everyone!  Instead of the typical new year’s resolution, I’m choosing to clarify my artistic vision.  Over the holidays, I spent time in malls (yuck!) & traffic (double yuck!!), noticing that our world is dull with everything from cars to clothing to home decor items available in boring black, white, greys, or neutrals.  I can’t even say the word “beige” without wrinkling my nose!  Our economy is depressed & apparently so is our culture.  Where are ruby red, lime green, & sunny yellow?  Where are positive images & inspiring design?  For 2012, I want to reintroduce words like magic, mystery, wonder, whimsy, inspiration, & imagination.  Creativity thrives in an environment built on these terms.

My first piece is called “Between the Worlds”, a small painting inspired by Marion Zimmer Bradley’s book Mists of Avalon.  I adore this book because it takes the Arthurian legend & retells it from the female perspective, celebrating feminine virtues such as intuition, wisdom, & strength that comes from within.  It’s obvious why it was an award-winning bestseller & the inspiration for future books & film.  My painting in cool tints of blue, purple, green, iridescent white, & silver shows Morgaine traveling from the mist-shrouded Avalon to our reality, represented by Stonehenge.  I love it’s sense of mystery & mysticism.  So, I’m off on a new adventure… reclaiming attributes that inspire great art & design, making them my own.

What words would you like to reintroduce to our lexicon?  As Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Between the Worlds, where magic & mystery still exist.

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3 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolution

  1. How exciting! Can’t wait to see more of your artistry, Susan, and sharing on this adventure. It sounds like we’re on the same journey, perhaps, in more ways than one. 🙂

  2. I want to hear the word “whimzy” more often!! It suggests a lightness of heart that I personally haven’t felt in a long time. If it were a color, it would be lime green and maybe orange with a dash of purple for flair. I plan on seeking the whimzy in the everyday or at least the things that bring a smile to my face because they l lighten my heart.

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