“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music. ” - Joan Miro
I would like to share with you my journey of art.
I took my first brush at a very early age, I don't remember exactly how my painting started. It was organic growth, so gradual that I didn't realize it, but inside my heart I knew my calling.
Scandinavian life philosophies inspired me. Quote of Benjamin Franklin perfectly defines a Scandinavian approach to life “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”
I love this attitude, it encouraged me to implement art in my life, whether it was crafting with my kids, creating a gift, painting for family members, renovating, redesigning the house, arranging gallery walls, or painting on canvas. I tried to create aesthetics around a sacred space - my home. Breakfast toast decorated like emoji, or pancakes from scratch with chocolate hummus and berries, table set up for a dinner party, new painting, or framed inspirational quote to brighten the day :)
Art is everywhere...
But the real art, honest, true art didn't start till I had my own family. Years ago I started my masterpiece. Marriage - stroke ONE, children - stroke TWO, building the home - stroke THREE...and so on... We keep on painting our story.
With time I learned patience and started hearing the whisper in my mind. For a long time, it was silenced by the rush of life and motherhood but I kept on listening.
As more, I turned inwards more questions occurred. Am I on the right path? Can I totally give into art? Am I ready? I had tons of questions. I believe we all have "The Calling", we just need to discover it. Mine was art, I knew that I felt deep in my core, but somehow I never truly went for it.
We live in a beautiful place, where nature is my daily life. Wild rocks, moss, the forest became my inspiration. I combined everything, created my own muse, and started painting.
The feeling of freedom was incredible. While exploring new colors, textures, techniques, I started the journey of finding my true art. I fell in love with the raw texture, the way sand grains settled on the surface, dried out creating unique patterns was fascinating.
I stumbled across Wabi-Sabi philosophy, got really interested, and kept on reading about it. “Wabi” is said to be defined as “rustic simplicity” or “understated elegance” with a focus on a less-is-more mentality. “Sabi” is translated to “taking pleasure in the imperfect.” The concept of wabi-sabi is wide, it can easily be applied simply to moments of everyday life.
The Japanese philosophy encourages us to focus on the blessings hiding in our daily lives, and celebrate the way things are rather than how they should be.
I found a lot of similarities with Scandinavian philosophies, that`s why my interest grew even more.
As Wabi-Sabi highlights the beauty of imperfection, I was impressed by kintsugi – a method of repairing broken pottery using gold or lacquer. This unique method emphasizes cracks and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. In fact, Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it with a new look and giving it a second life.
My abstracts are composed of raw textures, earthy, soft palettes of predominantly neutral tones contrasting with rusty, deep color patterns. I balance between the rawness and the exactness. I incorporate cotton, linen, cement, and wood in my art, embracing their natural patterns, textures, and uniqueness.
I love challenging myself and painting in diverse ways. Embracing compassion towards myself and others, I grow as a mother, wife, and artist. I couldn't help but wonder, do we ever stop evolving? Changing? Growing? It looks like this is an everlasting journey and I am looking forward to new creative ideas, styles, patterns, techniques to explore.
That said, I wish you all creativity in the world, as you are the artist of your life!