Sensing Sensitivity

Painting Pundit

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Mary Gwyn Bowen

“Sensitivity to touch is one of the key distinctions between an artist and a person who is just using paint.” Van Waldron

Is sensitivity a key element in successful art?  Much is written about the senses and sensitivity.  Opinions are all over the board on whether sensitivity matters and whether artists and creative people are more sensitive than others.  Does it take a deeply sensitive person to create the type of art that touches the senses of the audience?  Do viewers instinctively react more forcefully to art created by the more sensitive artist?

One artist describes the feeling of acknowledging this sensitivity.  Vanessa Turner writes, “I have often felt that I was more sensitive than those around me, more affected by my surroundings and the energy of an environment than your average person.”  Artists capture what is missed by so many in the hustle and…

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For the Passionate Valentine – Study for Smoldering #art #valentinesday

Study for Smoldering is an exploration of the nature of desire, especially as it foments to action despite efforts at suppression.

 

Jill Joy - Study for Smoldering - acrylic on canvas - 12x30" - 2013

Jill Joy – Study for Smoldering – acrylic on canvas – 12×30″ – 2013

Price upon request. Ships in time for Valentine’s Day. Inquiries? Contact Jill
This painting is part of my Consciousness Series, an expression of the unseen worlds of spiritual and emotional energy and their interplay as the individual soul evolves towards a higher state of consciousness.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.

For the Self Reliant Valentine

Valentine’s day…the holiday of hearts and love. I have one here for you. Maybe for you or the one you love. A painting about independence, resilience and self love in the face of disappointment and the challenges life throws at us, teaching us to love ourselves above others so we can truly love others and have relationships that go beyond an exchange of need. How do we ever find true and unconditional love unless we learn to give it to ourselves? The poem below goes with this painting. Interested in purchase? Contact Jill

Jill Joy - Self Love Trumps Heartbreak - mixed media on canvas - 44x44" - 2006 - $2,400 includes shipping in the US

Jill Joy – Self Love Trumps Heartbreak – mixed media on canvas – 44×44″ – 2006 – $2,400 –  includes shipping in the US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am the sea I’ve been seeking,
An ocean of love so pure.
A body of water to swim in
Endlessly without reaching shore.

I thought it was you and you and you,
But then you were there no more.
I kept thinking I’d find the one
If I knocked on a million doors.

Now I realize it’s just me.
As it has been all along.
A million melodies in the world
Only I can sing my song.

I can swim forever
Swim forever without end.
In the body of water that is me,
I am my own best friend.

Other people will float in my ocean,
Islands of pain and delight.
I am the vastness they reside in
An ocean of clear white light.

(c) Jill Joy

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