The days are hot. Unusually hot for Calgary. I spent my days in the studio spraying more water on myself than on the canvas. The water quickly evaporated and left without a trace.
Could this be the reason why I used virtually no colour?
What about the fact that these don't look like the "usual" daSilva-style paintings? Did the heat get to my head?
These paintings are special . Let me tell you why.
I wanted to paint something that I would want to hang in my own home , So it became of utmost importance that I created something neutral.
In order to get into a headspace where this could happen, I gave myself the permission to play and explore. Push the paint around. Start over and over again. I also gave myself lots of time. Showing up at the studio day after day without any visible progress.
Finally after three weeks of this, I suddenly found myself so absorbed in the work that a marching band could have paraded through the studio and I swear to you I would not have been able to hear it.
I became so incredibly present in the moment, that all there was in this whole wide world was me and this painting. It's hard to describe, but I think I may have even felt euphoric. As I painted, I became merely a vessel to carry out the work. Something else seemed to be in the driver's seat. My creative mind perhaps?
I felt so much joy after completing the work that I laughed out lout uncontrollably. I was also surprised by the marks left on the canvas. "Oh hello!" I said to the freshly painted canvas, "Welcome to Earth. Thank you for being here."
You know I have to ask: Do you have a favorite?
Please go to the Lucid Gallery for a closer look.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.