Feast your eyes and open your senses as you look at the picture of this painting. A friend of mine purchased the painting and I began to wonder what drew him to it. As I looked at the picture in the email, all sorts of emotions stirred within. I was spell bound; I could not take my eyes off the picture. The more I scrutinized it I came to the realization what this piece of exquisite art was whispering to me. It is a painting about love, hate, happiness, sadness, and self-reflection.
Art and relationships are very much alike. How do you know when a piece of art is really a piece of art? When you look at it, if you love it or if you hate it, it made you feel. Art has to evoke an emotion before it becomes art. Without emotion it is just colors on paper. How do you know if that person you just met is nothing more than someone who crossed your path? Or could it be someone worth developing a friendship or relationship with? If you have a desire to see that person again then it is more than just someone you met. A connection was made.
Neither art nor people have to be perfect to be right. A painting with a crooked line can give the picture character. People, like actor Gary Busey, are not perfect, but for some reason he captures your attention. Art is purchased when an emotion is felt. Relationships grow when interest can be held.
Examine the painting in this article. The woman is naked but all we see is her beautiful back. She is turned away from us. The artist didn’t want us to know what this woman was all about. Are you this way in your relationship? Keeping your back turned on the relationship so you don’t have to stand exposed to someone else. We can’t tell what the woman in the picture is feeling or thinking, she is distant, like so many people are in their relationships.
Notice how she is staring into a world of colors. The blends create a color that feels disturbing and confused. Nothing is clear; nothing is easy about the fusions of color in this painting. When we look at our relationships are we doing the same thing? Looking at the dark and disturbing, unable to focus on the pure and the good because of all the baggage we bring into a relationship? Art….when you look at it…you are seeing your life….it is what attracts you to certain paintings.
Examine closely and see what the white mass she is leaning on looks like to you. To me it appears to be ice. Ice because it is cold, hard, and as long as it stays frozen can be a means of support to lean on. But that ice is only a temporary support, because eventually it will melt. Just like in relationships. If we open our soul, no matter what that cold wall of ice is we have built around our hearts, once we let someone who brings warmth in, it can melt. Can you let the ice melt in your life?
I would love to hear your interpretation of the painting. Please leave a message and let me know what this piece is whispering to you.