Revolution Evolution

It occurred to me today that we are as a country entering a time of revolution. And it’s likely to impact the rest of the world. Hopefully this will be a non-violent revolution but certainly akin to the 1960s when the collective consciousness took a gigantic leap not albeit without some struggle and sacrifice.

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Jill Joy - She's Come Undone - oil on canvas - 60x72"

Breakdown leads to break through when it’s handled consciously. It is now up to us as individuals to decide how we’re going to fight the current regime of fear and division. The deprivation of the freedom of one is the deprivation of the freedom of all. Make no mistake we are all connected. And if we allow limitations on the freedoms of Muslims, gays, immigrants or other vulnerable populations further incursion into freedom will occur even in groups that think themselves invulnerable.

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Do You Love Me - oil on canvas - 60x48"

How will you fight? And what will you do to insure a better future? We now have the opportunity to use this time of division and struggle to catapult our nation and our Collective Consciousness further than it was before this reality TV star came to power.

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Movin’ To LA

Packing up work and shipping it out to some of my collectors. Selling some of my early work since I’m moving to LA and starting a new life! Feels good to let go of the emotionally charged paintings from 2010, 11 and 12

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New owners of Grief 2, Loving an Addict, The Last Straw, and others. I hope they have a strong capacity for living with intensity!

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Red Dawn ‪#‎art‬ ‪#‎sandiego‬ ‪#‎LAarts‬ ‪#‎Losangeles‬ ‪#‎contemporaryart‬ ‪#‎abstractpainting‬ #interiordesign

The breaking of a new idea, a new illumination into ones conscious mind. The rising sun icon in my work represents the emergence of the spirit or soul from the sea of ego based desires and attachments toward an illuminated state of unconditional love and forgiveness.

Available – Jill Joy – Red Dawn – oil on canvas – 45x69x2.5 http://www.jilljoy.com/purchase/red-dawn-original-oil-painting-45x69x25-signed-giclee-prints

Red, magenta, orange and white abstract painting that references the sea and the sky as metaphors for universal consciousness. Serene, dynamic and powerful.

Available – Jill Joy – Red Dawn – oil on canvas – 45×69

The original oil painting is available. Giclee prints on canvas are stretched over 2″ deep stretcher bars with complementary color printed on the side (ready to hang). Prints are also available on archival cotton rag paper suitable for framing. All prints are hand signed by the artist.

Additional sizes and print media (plexiglass, aluminum, etc.) are available. For custom sized prints contact Jill.

Not Just A Pretty Face #art #contemporaryart

In addition to being an artist, I am a budding art collector. My fourth purchase of original art just arrived by UPS. I was so excited when I saw the package was from the Lois Lambert Gallery in Los Angeles. Some of you may know I’ve switched to being a full-time artist from corporate marketeer, so I could ill afford, really, to buy a piece of art. But I was cold calling galleries in November and I saw this photograph. It immediately spoke to me and I had to have it.

Tamar Levine - What A Life #5 - Digital Photograph - 1/15 - 2014

Tamar Levine – What A Life #5 – Digital Photograph – 1/15 – 2014

The fall had been a tough time to say the least. My on again off again relationship was off again at the end of the summer, this time permanently I believe. There were other things going on in my life that were difficult, hard choices to move my creative life forward at the expense of material security among other things. Those close to me were experiencing hardship and uncertainty. All of which had me feeling adrift.

When I opened the box I was moved to tears. Because emotionally this photograph is right where I am at. I thought to myself, this is the pure purpose of art, to make us feel. Because when we allow ourselves to feel, we become whole. We heal. It also helped me accept life. This is life after all. We sometimes feel adrift. We are constantly challenged. It never ends. We reach one pinnacle, only to find another calls our name. This photograph and the photographer also made me feel as though I was not alone. It pointed me to our shared humanity. Which is such a gift these days in an isolated world of sole proprietorship, telecommuting and social networking rather than face time.

One of the good things that happened this fall was finding an art gallerist in Florida who really seems to understand my work and what it is about, the drive for conscious evolution and spiritual healing toward enlightenment. The first step to transcending where we are is to acknowledge where we are and to feel.

“I want to encourage people to experience feelings and memories that they have lost touch within the course of their lives. If for one moment in an individual’s day they can step away from the confines of the structure of their life and indulge their eyes and minds in a work of art, perhaps they can reconnect with a part of themselves or of the world that might otherwise be forgotten.” – Jessica Salameh, Wall Street Fine Art, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

That’s what Tamar Levine’s photograph does for me. Like the model, it brings me right beneath the surface of the ocean of my mind and plunges me into feeling. So yes, when buying art we sometimes want it to make us feel good and we sometimes want it to match the wall color or the couch and harmonize our surroundings. But that is not the most powerful purpose and application of art. Helping us drop into the ocean of our subconscious experience is. Thank you Tamar Levine for allowing me to know myself.

“The Journey”

the secret keeper

“The Journey”

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined…

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Enlightenment – Elevator Speech #art #abstractpainting #arts #enlightenment

I was at a party this weekend. My slightly beer-addled brain was unable to encapsulate exactly what it is I am doing with my art (add to that jammed circuits because my ex was present). Never mind describe the actual paintings (always very difficult). So when I got home, I  thought, I need to summarize this. Not just for my fellow humans, but for me. So here’s what I came up with that seemed to encompass 20+ years of painting and the evolution across a multitude of styles (see below):

Jill Joy - Intertwined - oil on canvas - 30x60 - 2014

Jill Joy – Intertwined – oil on canvas – 30×60 – 2014

“My work is essentially about enlightenment: Transcending individual thoughts, emotions and experiences towards identification with something beyond the self that is universal and all encompassing. My art seeks to understand our place in the universe, the transience of life and the existence of a broader vibrational field of love that encompasses us all.”

Jill Joy - Growth - oil on canvas - 60x48

Jill Joy – Growth – oil on canvas – 60×48

Consciousness #art #spirituality

I look up and I see the sky.
It becomes part of me.

My feelings like clouds
against the clear blue vastness,
scudding across the backdrop of
infinite consciousness.

I look out and I see the ocean.
It becomes part of me.

My memories like islands
in a sea of universal mind.

Jill Joy - Gathering Storm - oil on canvas - 48x72 -2014

Jill Joy – Gathering Storm – oil on canvas – 48×72 -2014

Jill Joy - Blue Sky - oil on canvas- 45x69 - 2014

Jill Joy – Blue Sky – oil on canvas- 45×69 – 2014

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/12/12/is-consciousness-a-product-of-the-brain-or-a-receiver-of-it/

http://www.jilljoy.com

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