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 🙂

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In the Distance #art

Jill Joy - In the Distance - oil on canvas - 24x48 -2013

Jill Joy – In the Distance – oil on canvas – 24×48 -2013 – Available

This painting is from my current series, Consciousness. The paintings in this series are atmospheric and slightly surreal. Basically they are me projecting my spiritual and emotional life on the outer world and landscape.

This painting in particular is a meditation on my current relationship. I painted it a couple of months ago not long after I’d re-entered a more or less “non traditional”, “non exclusive” relationship with my muse who I’ve been dating on and off for over 7 years now. I felt uncomfortable with this arrangement at first, even though I suggested it. We seemed to be unable to do without each other and yet both had many demands upon us that inhibited us from fulfilling all of the traditional obligations that go with a “relationship”.

In the distance signified my feeling that somewhere off in the distance we would find peace or reconciliation. In the ensuing months, I sort of feel I have. The structure of the relationship hasn’t changed but my perspective on it had deepened. I’ve come to realize that spiritually, I am getting exactly what I need. I am able to love and be loved without any sense of obligation. I expect he may feel the same.

Brilliant Blue Day #art

Jill Joy - Brilliant Blue Day - enamel on aluminum - 41x33 - 2013 72dpi

Jill Joy – Brilliant Blue Day – enamel on aluminum – 41×33 – 2013

Another brilliant
Blue day
With You
Cool water
Shimmering turquoise
and black
Gulls trying to steal
Babies throwing sand
My cheek
on your warm
flat stomach
Heart beating
Emanating waves
Of Love for you
Rippling out
Merging
with the sunlight
On the water
Peace
at last.

© Jill Joy August 26, 2013

Glimpse of Reality #art

This is a painting from a year that I did a lot of exploring, 2010.  A friend of mine owns it now. It’s called Golden Reality or Glimpse of Reality. I’ve never been sure which. It’s based on an idea I took away from reading Autobiography of a Yogi.

Jill Joy - Glimpse of Reality - mixed media on canvas -12x9" - 2010 Private Collection

Jill Joy – Glimpse of Reality – mixed media on canvas -12×9″ – 2010 Private Collection

The idea is that if we could truly see the spiritual reality instead of our mundane temporal one, everything would be cast in a golden light. A fantasy maybe, but sometimes I feel I get a glimpse. It’s gold leaf over oil paint.

Growth #art #poetry

Jill Joy - Growth - oil on canvas - 60x48" -2013

Jill Joy – Growth – oil on canvas – 60×48″ -2013 – Available

Change is upon me
The opening
of a closed heart
Blue green
(and) bursting

Restoring
my capacity
to love

Change is upon me
The opening
of a closed heart
Blue green
(and) bursting

Deepening
my understanding
of love

© Jill Joy 2013

The Dark Fights The Light

(the light always wins)

Jill Joy - The Dark Fights The Light (the light always wins) - acrylic on canvas - 36x36" - 2008

Jill Joy – The Dark Fights The Light (the light always wins) – acrylic on canvas – 36×36″ – 2008

Black Square #art

Cheers to you! I hope you are enjoying this day. It’s absolutely beautiful here in San Diego and I’m feeling blessed to live here. This is a recently completed piece – Black Square. It’s a little baby piece, 10×10″, completed, in a sense, as an afterthought with some leftover paint I had from a larger canvas. The more I looked at it though, the more I liked it. (read on….)

Jill Joy - Black Square - oil on canvas - 10x10 - 2013

Jill Joy – Black Square – oil on canvas – 10×10″ – 2013 – Pricing contact jill@jilljoy.com

I sometimes think what I do instinctively, without too much thought, is turns out to be my best work.

On a related note, I had a discussion not too long ago with an art gallery owner about the significance of leaving blank canvas in my work.

I find myself doing this, again, instinctively. But upon reflection I realized the significance of the symbolism of blank canvas for me. It is my sense that we are each an energetic, emotional, mental experience happening on a broader blank screen, or for me blank canvas. Some sort of emptiness or open space which we touch upon occasionally and which usually, when we do, brings a sense of peace or connectedness. Stillness. I’m spiritual by nature so for me this open space represents some kind of universal consciousness, but I don’t feel the need to define it too specifically.