Welcome to the making of one of my most recent pieces Mellow Yellow. I started work on this about a year ago adding purely green to the length of the canvas in sweeping motions. I was always lost in a forest, the shade of green acrylic mixed with gloss medium added to the mystery in terms of the sheen coming from within.
I picked up this piece recently as I felt it was time to add to the love and create more meaning to really bring it to life. Dabbing motion was used carefully to gently blend the yellow with the green. The yellow not only maintains its vibrancy but now takes on a new dimension. The colours are rich, vibrant with a secret envelopment of relaxation. Mellow Yellow is aptly named as it is a piece to conjour up all of the senses to create a feeling of tranquillity. Walking through the forest barefoot. You and thousands of simple yet stunning flowers. You look around and feel safe, relaxed. You are at one with nature and therefore you are at one with yourself.
Mellow Yellow Acryclic on canvas 39.3 x 27.6 x 1.4″ or 99.5 x 69.5 x 4cm Comes ready to hang The canvas itself frames this piece £150
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I have often been at a loss as to how to decorate this intimate space under my stairs and it was only after I moved some furniture around at Christmas time that I uncovered the beauty that is this area.
The depth of colour in the purple walls is a stunning backdrop to a couple of carefully chosen items displayed on a beautiful vintage writing bureau. My bureau has very special emotion attached to it as I always remembered one in my nanna and grandads house and a special feeling that it created in my memories.
The spotlight shines down on the front of the bureau, showing its true wood in all its brilliance. The copper colour radiates my being creating a warm, enveloping hug. To finish off this beautiful area a bespoke, abstract art piece hangs above, the dramatic yellow in the piece as echoed in the angel below jumps off the wall and transcends you into another world.
Original, abstract art piece created by Sophie Marie
Acrylic Resin on canvas 24″ x 18.5″ £100
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Yesterday was another productive day however more challenging as I was tired. I saw it as a challenge in order to test my commitment to my own vision and I am pleased to say I passed. Finally, the wood cladding (hated it) on the sides of the stairs has been painted the same deep purple colour as the walls and wow it looks awesome. I did think that due to the darkness and depth of colour, that it would somehow hide the fact that it was cladding and it definitely has. In fact, it shows off the side of the stairs (still the other side left to do) in a new light and I now have a new appreciation for it.
What I have found in interiors, as in life, is not to cover up what you do not like or what you think does not work. My example here is our living room. It is a naturally dark room which is not always ideal, always having to put the light on. I decided that instead of doing what everyone suggested and painting the walls light as to make the room look bigger, I would utilise the darkness and extend the deep, opulent colour. This now brings out the beauty in the darkness and enhances the overall aesthetic and feel.
It is using what you have (even if at first you see it as a negative) and bringing out the true beauty in it. It is these so called negative aspects that once explored and accepted can be embraced and this is where the real magic happens. This is when new life is born. There is a vulnerability here, a delicate touch, an almost sheer fabric. It is on the cusp of life and death. To see and feel at this level of emotion is a blessing, an almost out of body experience.
It is at this level that my writing shows more depth. I can feel it when it happens, my brain is not just spouting words but the words start to take on more body. The words take on emotion and come to life. This is relational depth however with myself not another and in turn with you, I hope you feel it too.
Sometimes I just have to write and the deeper part of me starts to emerge, the deeper part being my vulnerability. I embrace my vulnerability now, in contrast to when I first started my counselling diploma when I could not even say the words out loud. I connect with others vulnerability as it is in those parts that true life can emerge. True feeling is spoken and felt and encompassed, a real exchange.