This painting began a long time ago - more than a year - during a workshop with Pat Dews. The woman's face peering from the black bird was a watercolor creation waiting for inspiration. I grabbed it with the intention of painting over, but it became more of a painting around. First the bird (the boundaries of the mind, perhaps?) and then the background (in the style of Stan Kurth) . When the Gandhi quote crossed my path, it dawned on me that the piece required a layer of protection - the ghostly coyote/wolf stands between an open mind and the world, allowing a moment to choose which thoughts to allow passage through. Only those with clean feet, of course. Perhaps a new doormat and boot tray are recommended?
The blog (and the blogger) will be on vacation next week as we spend time with loved ones and gather joy for our pockets. Wishing you and yours a delightfully malarkey-filled Thanksgiving.
11/21/2019 11:22:54 am
Jen! The woman's face is so compelling that I first saw the blackness behind her, through my peripheral vision, as the lining of her arctic parka's hood and upper jacket, a protection surrounding her. I LOVE that your painting offers up that optical figure-ground illusion!!!
11/21/2019 12:43:35 pm
Dotty! Yay! Thank you...it turned out amazing. And given it languished, unfinished for all that time, there is a huge sense of having righted/completed/made whole something in the world. xo
11/21/2019 11:54:08 pm
Love how you made the dog for her protector! Love the Gandi quote! Giving it Lots of thought. Sometimes hard to stop our minds escalating "those thought" once they sneak in. So we really need a protector! Have a wonderful happy family Thanksgiving! I am thankful for all your posts and support!
11/22/2019 09:38:07 am
Carol!!!!! Thank you, dear lady! "Those thoughts" are a pain in the butt - I will take any thought protection I can get!
1/11/2020 08:13:48 am
Hello, Jen! I have to say that the woman's face is so angelic and compelling; I couldn't help but stair on it for a minute because it calls me and gives me a feeling that the woman has something important to say. overall, I have a good review about the "Mind Walkers". Well, it was a painting from the expert so what can we expect, isn't it? That's why I am always amazed with the fact that painters were born to create and put color in our world. I am happy to know the inspiration you've had for this one. I guess, you've spent hours for this, really!
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