“The setting sun ignites a tree into a fiery red glow that cannot help but touch upon, and so influence, all of the surrounding foliage. Being grounded, the tree seems to draw light down deep into the Earth and sustains a moment of sheer radiance – the illusion of being utterly consumed by the light – whilst retaining all of its earthly physicality intact.”
These are the words that I use to describe one of my more recent paintings “Light Grounding” on my website, providing some insight into what was both a realistic subject yet one containing a metaphor of how being grounded enables you to sustain more and more light without detriment to your physicality. Yet words hardly seem to do justice to art that has already generated comments along the lines of “I feel it” from those who have seen it and, for me, that is a real “Yes!” moment because it means I’m getting somewhere. With ever more diligence, I’m working at incorporating energy into my paintings – not just depicting moments of high-energy but drawing in (and so sending out to the viewer) that energy in such a way that it becomes a tangible part of their experience of the art. Based on all I’ve come to understand about the energetic universe that we live in, this should be entirely possible – in fact, results are starting to speak for themselves based on feedback to some of my work (I’ve had a complete stranger shed tears down the phone because something in my painting made them feel so uplifted without knowing why), reactions which seem to suggest that some people are experiencing a distinctly “felt” or emotional response – a vibrational resonance – rather than just a visual/cerebral one. Just a couple of examples:
“something told me when I saw it that it would be healing for me to have around” and “it was like a Portal or Window into another dimension.” World renowned energy intuitive, Lee Harris
“I like to keep it just there propped up, in my line of vision, when I’m treating people because I can feel the energy coming from it in a tangible way; by keeping it where I can look at it, I feel I draw on it and use it in my sessions.” Sue Perry, pain relief therapist
I am loving this aspect of my work, the unlocking of all this new potential from within a supposedly 2D modality – painting – that so many artists have declared to be “dead” over the past half century; the revelation here being that 2D art representing 3D subject-matter has all the necessary potential to become multidimensional when the intention is there (…and I would say the same applies to us all). The potential to heal through art is something that particularly inspires me given that art has been such a significant player in my own recovery from chronic illness. Just a quick Google-around would seem to suggest that I’m far from alone in my discovery as it immediately brings up the Energy Art Movement who now exhibit on an international level with a pool of extremely diverse artists who are coming at their work from this very angle. With utter confidence that I am at the very beginning of a new and exciting journey with my art, I feel quite sure that there will be many more artists exploring this territory as people open-up to “feeling” and so fully experiencing art in a way that goes far beyond what they take in with their eyes!