It is time for The Expanded Visions Collection to come to a close. I am honored to end the collection with Spirit, Soul & Sweetness ~ the last painting in The Expanded Visions Collection, but the FIRST painting where I have added the written word to a painting.
All of my life, I have been writing, and collecting my writings, poems, stories and blurbs, painting titles, phrases and tag lines. I have been wanting, for a couple years now, to find a way to incorporate the words into the paintings ~ to give a glimmer of my thoughts behind the work ~ a glimmer brighter than the title can provide ~ and to be present when the painting’s statement was not around.
My concerns were that the words would appear “stuck-on” ~ that is, if I could even find a successful way of attaching the words. I was worried about adding a typed font, and was unsure as to what to call my painting medium once I added something other than paint… Yes, I can be a worrier.
I now realize that it DOESN’T matter!! I’ll just do it and the rest will work itself out.
I was able to clip paper directly from my journal, write in my own handwriting with my trusty drawing pen ~ and adhere the text, scumbling paint around and layering transparent tones over the paper ~ welcoming that little slip of paper right into the world of the image, making it feel necessary, making it appear natural.
I have done this just once now, but I can already tell that a new door has opened to me, and conquering this fear will lead to additional fears to be conquered. How fun.
So, Spirit, Soul & Sweetness will arrive tomorrow morning ~ fresh and ready to make her home with the soul who requires her most.
artful bliss: an evening of intimacy, stories & art
Thursday, August 11, from 5-9pm
Bring the children from 5-7 and let them create their own works of art; and/or come from 7-9 for live music. Enjoy Original Motherhood Paintings, Hors d’oeuvres, healthy chocolate samples & book signings throughout the 5-9pm event.
•intimate motherhood paintings & inspiration books, presented by Katie m. Berggren www.kmberggren.com
•activity books & art by Kirsten Klug, to encourage play, open communication & build confidencewww.healthyfunchoices.com
•story-infused mixed media art by Liz Ness
also: Inspiring Live music by singer/songwriter Mila Polevia
5516 SE Foster, Portland OR 97206