Sun Ray, 2022 Acrylic, 36x48
Can you feel it?
I created this piece because I was desiring to feel a ‘radiating love’, a ‘radiating warmth’, …
Something I could approach with feelings (the desire came from a feeling), but the words didn’t really encompass it.
I understood what I wanted the end result/feeling/impact to be, but how to create it… how to understand it firstly, to understand how to create it.
So I set on this idea of: “what would it feel like if there was pure love, or pure loving light, radiating in front of me?”
This is easier to fathom, perhaps even get a glimpse of feeling it right now as it comes to mind and body.
The sun, after all, is constantly radiating warmth and shining light.
And I continued to ponder how closely related the ‘warmth of the sun’s rays’ are to an unfiltered flow of ‘loving light’.
** (I use the words ‘loving light’ specifically here, in particular so that when we attempt to fathom some sort of “light”, it eliminates the lights that can be harsh, ‘cold’ etc. Loving, therefore, begets that it is pleasant, agreeable, and beneficial (supportive) to us… even without knowing exactly what/how/where/why it is.)
So it was in this way that I felt excited to represent a constant flowing of ‘loving light’ via the radiance of sun’s rays.
Yellow, therefore, is an ideal representation. Cheerful, bright, uplifting, emphatic in its depiction.
If you look closely, you will see it is not just yellow – or one yellow alone – but rather two yellows that meet in the “middle” (although it takes up most of the piece) to create: a) on brief observation, the appearance of a simple, inspiring yellow, and b) the presentation of three yellows.
In the corners, along the edging of the indigo-colored frame (I re-used a piece that already had something on it before and was already framed perfectly for this creation), I left some ‘break away’ parts… small slivers where the piece beneath this one peaks through.
I was going to fill these in, having the so-called “perfect” piece of yellow all around until I suddenly realized this provides an exceptional ‘depth’ of experience (for myself and/or any others who engage with the piece). It gives us an opportunity to have a sort of “feeling test” between the new ‘resonance’ of the yellow sun rays I created, and the piece beneath it.
If my intention and attention were true to the feeling I wanted to create, one should subtly feel the difference between the yellow and the blue/etc of the piece underneath.*
* It obviously requires a large amount of subtlety in the senses of the moment, and perhaps in-person is more ‘direct’ to experience this.
So I left those, as a subtle, not-quite-hidden deeper layer to the piece; a creation which I emphatically love each time I look at it, in additional to its aesthetic appeal and the location in which it presents itself.