So here is the talk on my latest piece "NP-2 174K". This started as some old closet doors. After blowing up my belt sander trying to get all the old paint and stain off, I finally got 4 panels primed. and drew out some large radii. Initially it was gonna be a 4 panel piece. I painted 2 panels and realized that the last 2 were going to be their own piece. I had the 2 long radii and new that it was a vase shape so spent a little time in thought.
I decided to put peace inside the vase. This was the 1st thought. Then I realized that peace comes from the heart so I put a heart around the peace sign. I noticed that part of the heart landed outside the vase. In all my years, I never was hit so strong by a work. At this moment I realized that the inside of the vase was all the good and love and peace and we need to nurture it just like flowers in a vase.
I then added the two lower circles. No reason yet other than balance. As I started painting I realized that the 2 circles were the worlds of light and dark. I proceeded to paint the exterior of the vase with a more drab color scheme and kept the thought process happening as I worked. The heart was painted but, if you look closely, outside of the vase it is a darker heart. Yes I was finding the darker world outside then in. I realized once the heart and peace sign were finished that peace and love come from the heart, but more importantly, have to be inside the heart first.
The rest of the interior of the vase was decided on and painted. It represents the light and color of a beautiful world that can be, as long as we take care of it, I was mystified at this point as all I had left was the 2 sections of the worlds outside the vase to paint. My original idea was to paint them very dark and bleak and fill them with all the words that to me make this an ugly world. You can use your imagination on this. I stared at the piece for several days and then I decided to do a similar pattern as the inside of the vase. As I was finishing up I realized why it was done as such. The color and life inside the vase shape needs to be spilled out into the darker world.
In conclusion, most all have a good heart full of beauty and inner peace yet there is a little piece that always finds it's way to the darker side we must always work on. Most all try and spread what we can to make the world a bit better.