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Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Moments!  Present Moments!

Life is made up of moments, big and small!  But the most important moment is the PRESENT moment, not the past or future!

I was asked by a friend of mine recently, "how do you choose titles for your paintings?.  She suggested a blog post and I thought that was a great idea.  I love turning simple statements and questions into  metaphors or stories about life and art.  Or at least I like to try!

Everything we do in life and art is made up of moments.  Even if we are just sitting at the beach, watching the sunset, or taking a morning walk, we experience moments.  All of these moments combined make up our life but as human beings we tend to often re-live the past moments or stress over the future moments.  But when we sit in the 'present moment' that is where we find peace.

So what does this have to do with titling my paintings?  I often, as you know, carry a journal with me to write down thoughts, words, hopes and dreams.  When I am traveling, riding horse or just sitting and watching the sunset, I 'observe' my surroundings and try to stay in the present moment.  While in this 'present moment' words, thoughts and phrases may 'pop' into my head.  These words usually have something to do with my feelings or thoughts at that particular time.  Sometimes these words resonate  with me and I will jot them down in my journal.

The actual titles of my paintings are selected from this list of words and thoughts.  When I look at a completed painting I can often capture a feeling or sense of place and connect the words to the painting.  Often times I will set aside a full day just to title paintings.  It is a deep thought process to connect a feeling, word and thought  with a painting.

Sometimes I feel that the process of titling a painting is as difficult as the painting process, just different.  The title or words have to match with the painting and my particular thoughts at that present moment.  Some days working on titles just doesn't work so I set it aside for a different day because just like in the process of painting, you have to be in the 'zone'!  And just like in life, sometimes no matter how hard you try it just doesn't work, so you have to set some things aside for another day.

Enjoy the present moment!

Ginnie


                                          "Let Go" 16x16"  oil mixed media on wood panel




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