Summoning The Heart of Love – @ San Diego Contemporary Art Fair #art #artsd2013

This painting is being featured at Booth #2 @ the San Diego Contemporary Art Fair this weekend. Contact Sergott Contemporary Art if you are interested in the painting. Read on if you want to hear the inspiration behind this piece.

Jill Joy - Summoning The Heart of Love - oil on canvas - 60x72" - 2012

Jill Joy – Summoning The Heart of Love – oil on canvas – 60×72″ – 2012 – $6,500

Summoning the Heart of Love is part of my Emotion Series– A dynamic, expressive body of work with the underlying idea that to express is to transform and evolve.

The  inspiration for this painting was a conversation I had with a friend about “The Secret”  and the idea that we summon that which comes to us with our thoughts. I believe this to be true, however I also believe that most of our thoughts are subconscious, beyond our awareness, and so we are often surprised when we get what comes to us.

Summoning The Heart of Love - Jill Joy w the team from Sergott Contemporary Art

Summoning The Heart of Love – Jill Joy w the team from Sergott Contemporary Art @ Art San Diego 2013

The idea for the painting developed from this conversation — what if I were to make a painting that expressed or “summoned”  the type of love I had been looking for and yet thus far had been unable to find, as though the painting were a “vision board” as they recommend you make in the Secret Video.

Jill Joy - Early Version of Summoning The Heart of Love - 2012

Jill Joy – Early Version of Summoning The Heart of Love – 2012

When I started the painting (first version above), I had recently spent the day at the beach with my former boyfriend (you’ve hear me call him my muse), He is someone I love dearly but with whom things never seemed to work out, despite 8 years of on again off again effort. It was a perfect sort of day at the beach, as it often was between us, but for the tension of unfulfilled love and attraction, which made it less than perfect. That day ended up sourcing the under painting above.

After sitting with it for some months it seemed unfinished. Raw somehow and one dimensional, or maybe idealized and thus untruthful. So I let it sit. After I saw the Life of Pi a few months later, I finished it the next day. I was inspired to completion by the scene in the movie when Pi, shipwrecked, just about gives up in the middle of the ocean, stranded for weeks, and about to be destroyed in a storm.

Scene from Life of Pi

Scene from Life of Pi

He completely surrenders, embraces chaos, love, death and God. I realized the love I was looking for was not love with a small “l” but Love with a capital “L”. Unconditional. All encompassing. Uncontrollable.

Scene from Life of Pi

Scene from Life of Pi

As for the on again off again man? It could be we are finally settling in to loving each other without conditions and learning to ride the wave. I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Transcendent Landscape @ Seattle Affordable Art Fair #art #seattle

This piece is at the Seattle Affordable Art Fair this weekend. If you are there stop by Booth C8 and have a look. https://www.facebook.com/AAFSeattle

When I was very young, I read Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. It influenced me for the rest of my life and influenced this painting.

Jill Joy Transcendent Landscape - 48x48 - oil on canvas

Jill Joy Transcendent Landscape – oil on canvas – 48×48″ – 2011

In the book he wrote of a luminous spiritual reality that was ever present and eternal but that could not be seen with the physical eye. It could only be seen with the inner eye. This is a common idea in Eastern mystical thought, the idea of Maya or illusion, that this temporal reality is merely a scrim obscuring an enduring peaceful reality of Love.

Jill Joy - Transcendent Landscape Installation View - oil on canvas - 48x48" - 2011

Jill Joy – Transcendent Landscape Installation View – oil on canvas – 48×48″ – 2011

This painting, Transcendent Landscape, originated from an exploration of that idea. I imagined what it would be like to have little windows into this other reality, beyond the normal horizon we see from day to day. I sometimes feel I catch a glimpse of it, like catching a glimpse of the sun through the rain.