I refuse to fear
The me I see In you
Or the you I see In me.
This painting is called ~ Kundalini Rising
Accepting the beauty of unfinished work and calling it done.
One of my favorite recent paintings and poems. Last summer I had a commission I was working on, two paintings featuring the colors of my friends’ wedding for them to hang in their room. I've always worked with my own color inspirations so it was a stretch for me to work with a requested palette. I began by painting in my usual style with the requested colors and I honestly made a big mess. The colors didn't blend well, they were turning to mud, I was getting frustrated and wanting to just quit, but my friends had been generous and spontaneous enough to pay me in advance and I knew I had to find a way to create something cool that I would love and they would hopefully at least like. So I took a huge palette knife and scraped all the paint off the canvas so I could just start all over from scratch and yet the paint I had removed left color on the canvas, color that I liked much better than the painting I had undone. It looked fascinating, not like any of my previous work. I decided that the paint residue would make a fantastic under-layer for the new painting but I wanted to add some more texture to what I thought would be a great background. I put some more paint on the canvas, worked it around with my palette knife into something I hoped would work well enough for the background and took off to do something else. The next day I came back to work, looked with fresh eyes at my unfinished painting, all scraped off and recklessly redone with no thought to how it should look as I expected this to be an unseen layer in a greater work, and I loved it! I loved the unseen layer. I loved what I had begun, accidentally, haphazardly thrown together in all my frustration and hope for something better, it was good as it was. I just couldn't paint over it. I hung it on the wall and moved on to the other canvas thinking I'd come back to this maybe later and rework it... but later I came back and I couldn't.
I fell in love with the unfinished work. It was perfect in it's imperfection, it was beautiful in it's incompletion.
The part of the painting that I never planned for anyone to see, became one of my favorite works.
Here is a little glimpse of my recent solo show at M.A.D.S. Art Gallery : www.madsgallery.art
Solo exhibition "EXPLOR-ART"
Mad project 36h 4 Charity Janisse
Starting Monday, July 16
My Work at M.A.D.S. Art Gallery
So excited to have been invited back to exhibit New Work in 2018 at M.A.D.S. Art Gallery Here are images, reviews and announcements from my 2016 and 2017 Exhibits! Cheers
Milan Biennial of Art - 2017
April Design Art 2016 Featuring Paintings "She Wakes" & "Indigo Rising" By Charity Janisse
Following my restless traveling spirit wherever it may lead; making art, taking pictures and writing notes along the way.
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