New Painting: “Boy”

This is a super quick fun piece done for my own pleasure (aren’t they all?). I love the wild energy and the colors represent the incredible creative energy around me at the moment during Dorset Art Weeks 2016 and the inspiration I’m feeling to get on my horse and ride off in all directions at once!

A new abstract for the collection. “Boy” £330

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Living Upwards

Are you turning your world upside down?

 

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Sometimes
in order to live upwards
we must fall downwards
like drips
running off the canvas
of time and space
we must allow
ourselves to run
unfettered
with gravity’s pull
and when we reach the edge
we must allow
ourselves to dry
resting
simply breathing
on the beach of emptiness
as we dream at the borders
of infinity
only to renew ourselves
once again
by turning the canvas
upside down.

When asked today in my Magic Mirror Challenge about the message I want to espouse, I am forced to think long and hard about it. There are so many pat answers I could give, but if I am living true to my word I want to go deeper than all the platitudes that have been already said.

If I could put this painting and it’s meaning into a message that would perhaps carry, and give new perspective it would be…

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Transition

black zen line with primary yellow centre on a background of blue green drips contemporary acrylic painting by uk artist phoebe thomassonDay #4

Zen Master Yellow Say…Transition

Things take on a new and unexpected dimension. There is difficulty but much enlightenment.

There is a growing sense of perspective within me and my world is transitioning into something far brighter than ever before.

The depression which lingered before has broken up into manageable ‘spots’. My line has been drawn once again and now I know where I stand.

I am finally a worthy container for the brightness coming through.

The energy drips freely from above giving a downpour of knowledge; updating and washing clean my old programming. I am nourished by this steady flow.

Transition: Yellow Song

Like driving through rain

with tears dribbling down

I find it hard to see

the edges of infinity.

Enclosed in cocoon

I await the beckoning silence

of my larger self.

(I grow and grow

and how it hurts!)

As I transition

from this to that

blindness replaced

by new sight

like spring renewal

taking place in my soul.

(Tadpoles of delicious fresh thought

hatch in my mind)

My boundary

now strong

keeps within

my brightness

my yellow song.

Dorchester, Dorset, UK

5th April 2015

Before Infinity

large black loopy line with a yellow centre in a sea of trellis blue with magenta square acrylic painting by phoebe thomasson artLoopy fish in a square sea.

Deviation is innovation

I let go

Ideas flow

Unpredictable direction

that I go

Dripping paint is satisfying

Yellow and black

make a seaweed green

like strands of bladder wrack

the drips find their way

down the texture of the canvas

Day Three

The layers of a painting are like the stages of meditation. Deeper we go and at each stage, the challenge of ‘letting go’ presents itself as we transit from the known, into the unknown. 9th March 2015

Abstract Cartoon

Lattice, trellis, gravity defying speed and motion. The loopy yellow fish speeds through the trellis of time. It’s friend magenta square fish is always by her side.

Square sun, time dimension TIME LATTICE  Amoeba,

One half of infinity

Incomplete

Continuum

Half 0.5

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The Perfection of Imperfection

acrylic on canvas by phoebe thomasson uk artist

Zen Yellow

abstract painting in yellow and black by phoebe thomasson uk artist

Zen Yellow is the first in a series of paintings called One Hundred Paintings. I’ve set a mammoth task for myself which I needed to focus my energies on exploring limitation, boundaries and to see what happens. It’s always interesting to work with self-imposed limits and it’s not my usual style but I’m loving the process so far.

There is something about the simplicity of this one that really does it for me. I’ve been a wannabe minimalist for a while now but my life is a testament to clutter (all interesting!) so it’s almost a study or a meditation for me to understand the concept behind ‘less is more’. It’s living at the foot of our stairwell right now but is up for sale below if you’re interested in collecting art.

Zen Yellow

Zen Yellow is the start

The centre of everything

Pure radiance

corralled in bold defiance.

There is nothing undone

about the simplicity

of that moment which holds

only now.

I sit at the centre

undying unyielding to time

or memory’s pall

as Buddha sits

eternal on lotus

and moon seat.

I am that which

is the centre of

the Peace of the world.

Simplicity, elegant art

so rare in times

of abundance spilling over

into a thousand rooms.

I long simply to be

uncluttered,

and real

as a dew drop

upon spring lawn

reflecting the world

but not full with it.

Zen Yellow

contemplates

the emptiness

that is filled

with light.

5th April 2015

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PROJECT: One Hundred Paintings

Premise: to create a large series of work based upon the themes of…

  • Evolution
  • Mark Making
  • Meditation
  • Relationship
  • Relativity

Each painting will represent a ‘day’ in my life as an artist. The day is not twenty-four hours but is mine to define.

I will post each piece with a diary recording related notes that arise in the time period represented by the painting.

Each painting will contain the same elements plus one. This will be explanatory when the series is under-way and displayed chronologically.

name zen yellow bright bold black line encompasses a bright lemon yellow centre the epitomy of simplicity and bold minimalism gives you space to think and uplifting colour representing the inner sunshine healthy ego self acrylic on canvas by uk artist phoebe thomasson
Day 1: The story of “Zen Yellow”

 

name zen yellow bright bold black line encompasses a bright lemon yellow centre the epitomy of simplicity and bold minimalism gives you space to think and uplifting colour representing the inner sunshine healthy ego self acrylic on canvas by uk artist phoebe thomasson

PROJECT: One Hundred Paintings #1

Day One “Zen Yellow”

The ‘day’ is not twenty four hours. It is mine to define. Every painting a day. This is number one. The first painting and the first ‘day’…

I was so happy to receive my new set of canvasses. Nice deal for me with the last dribbles of savings.

I unwrap. I meditate and think about how, not what.

I mustn’t think about the ‘what’; that’s the magic bit and I don’t want to spoil the experience by over-planning, it’s just not my style.

I come downstairs into the studio. I take pictures off the wall. I tidy away the unnecessary items and de-clutter my space until I can focus my gaze on the marvelous whiteness of the blank canvas.

I do not suffer with fear of the blank canvas.

I honor the ‘mistake is a door‘ school of thought and therefore hold no fear for what is not my enemy but my ally…to be respected of course!

Instead, I revel in the exciting dance of probability and possibility as they vie for birthing in the quantum space before me.

Milestones are set by events such as these.

I feel I’m ‘graduating’ from my self-taught school of learning art within life and weaving them seamlessly into one blanket.

I’ve arrived

This is why this thing exists

This is why I strive

This is how I have traveled here

This is my signpost

I grab a large brush and mixed the black paint. So satisfying!

My mind reaches for a new small hog-hair with the intent to paint a doodle…

No!? Before I can interject the large chunky black acrylic soaked brush sweeps my arm around the canvas in an arc…whoa!

Now that’s how to break the ice!

Pop goes the virgin canvas bubble as the surface tension is slashed by the black line of nothing and everything.

The line tells me….courage, conviction, fearless expression, bold demarcation, space boundary, empty corral

…the yellow comes slinking onto the canvas soon after. The lemon perfect in it’s primary simplicity and bright lucidity.

I am awakened!

name zen yellow bright bold black line encompasses a bright lemon yellow centre the epitomy of simplicity and bold minimalism gives you space to think and uplifting colour representing the inner sunshine healthy ego self acrylic on canvas by uk artist phoebe thomasson

I look towards the horizon and see a magenta spot on it’s way…

That’s a story for another day!
22nd Feb 2015

a blue hand exuding rays of golden and rainbow light by artist phoebe thomasson

Transitions Into Joy

How could I have lived this morning differently?

I could have given Ewan my undivided attention this morning instead of rushing into doing the washing up. I could have sat and centred myself before running headlong into working on anything other than my state of being. I could have left the brown envelope unopened until I had done my morning ritual. I could have let Dru have his morning smoke before I told him the bad news. I could have seen things differently instead of crumpling into helplessness and despair. I could have been patient with myself for feeling upset about it all.

I feel I need to get a morning routine that is more helpful to me. I want to enter the day in a conscious state of peace and joy not barreling around trying to catch up and missing so much.
I don’t want Ewan to feel left out and like he has to protest by weeing on the carpet. I don’t want to be angry with him any more.

Why despite a great night with friends do I feel so negative? It’s almost a default setting and I guess I need to spend plenty of time resetting my habitual mind.

I have a ‘poor me’ nature that is entirely outmoded in this new way of being. I need to get back my natural bliss. It has been hidden for so many years, so I need patience with myself.

Seeing as how I find difficulties where there need be none, it behoves me to pre-plan for these inevitable downers. What do I do when I feel confused, disappointed, dissatisfied or dissociated? What strategies can I put in place to help myself out of the darkness?

Time and again I must remind myself that I AM strong, I AM resilient, I AM tough.

I need to break through this layer of false weakness and find the real substance I know is there. I can bring my vibration to a high place if I practice and practice like I mean it. Remembering to do this must also become second nature.

Raise it up!
Don’t drop it!
We are riding waves
Of vibration
Simply put
It’s the only real issue
That matters!

a red woman with a buddha belly sits on a chair. mixed media collage by phoebe thomasson

Art Gallery: Pregnant Alice

This was done for my friend Alice when she was pregnant. It wasn’t what she was expecting but I was wild and free in my Picasso phase and in love with mixed media collage and strong primary colours.

There is something really satisfying about sticking fabric onto canvas; it almost feels rebellious, but then that’s me in a nut-shell. Make rules? Break rules. If the artist cannot be free then what hope is there for the common man?

We (artists) should be arbiters of change, risk and the unconventional…

Too many stultifying rules can kill our creative spirit. This is the gift of children, child-rearing and child-bearing; it’s such an onslaught of new paradigms that we either gird our loins and learn afresh who we are and what we are capable of, or we sink miserably into depression….the good news is that even if we do sink in the beginning of any endeavor, we can always access the strength of the mother goddess (or father god) within and pull ourselves up by our boot straps.

Life affirms life, as long as we don’t give in to the ennui of despair. Anyone can feel it, our circumstances matter little. It’s our habitual outlook that must be changed. Little by little, like the growing fetus, we can add new cells every day to our growth into the person we want to be.

Are you growing?

And are you ready to be born yet?

🙂

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