This is an excerpt from the up and coming book, “Behind the Black”, in chapter 6-“Kissed the wrong frog”.
Brand new starts happen whenever we feel the onset of change. They can be scary, but set the unwarranted fear aside and excitement kicks it up a notch. If fear is flushed out there is empty space, free and clear to take on the newness and exciting onset of adventure into the unknown.
I love waking up with this bounce in my step. And this was the inspiration behind a painting called, “Brand New Day”. I remembered a photo taken of me in front of a window in Jamaica with the morning sun pouring through the glass like a shower of rainbows, so I used it for the technical parts of the painting. It changed a lot in translation as they always do. I remembered the warmth of those days you can’t wait for. When you appreciate being alive and you can’t wait to greet your day. A new start is weightless and free so I painted her levitating. I wanted to capture what the world of imagination looks like to me sometimes when I open that door, so the leaves from the curtains become reality and spread beneath her feet, helping to hold her in this space of freedom and forgiveness.I painted the hands with red flowers in the middle of them to represent a beautiful reminder of the story of Jesus and his life spent to bring us all back to this place. This fresh start on life. There’s a small crack in the window as a reminder of the fragility of the moment. The irony of this is that even when reality cracks through the windows of our dreams the once closed off portal becomes a door….haHA. In the far off distance outside the window, there is a little boy picking a flower. In reality, he was throwing rocks at a cow. Artistic license.
“Brand New Day”-24”x30” oil painting
I later painted another rendition of this painting called “Aura of a Brand New Day”. Painted with the same aura of inspiration, in this one there is a hidden element. This painting was the birth of my discovery phosphorescence suspended in oil color. There has always been a question of permanence in using phosphorescence. We have yet to find out if suspending them in the oil mediums will last for centuries, but in doing some research I discovered that they break down when exposed to air or water. By using an oil suspension, neither of these will affect it and they may even last longer than the lightfast pigments that have been used to make color for paints for centuries.
In this new rendition, I’d traveled much more, seen much more and was even entering into the sunset half of my life. I lived in a very rainy section of the country blessed by the beauty that lots of rain brings, but I missed blue skies and the matching water of the tropical places I had been to. In this one, I can see the ocean. And in this one I could watch the moon rise over the horizon greeting me with all the wisdom that trekking through the darkness can bring. In the bright light of day we are blind to richness and fullness in the full moons of reflection that can only come to us when the clouds are cleared and we choose to find the light inside the experience of darkness.
“Aura of a Brand New Day”30×40 oil painting… the first picture is what the same painting looks like in the dark.