I've always had a thing for the ocean. Being surrounded by water is one of the few things that have always had a way of easing my anxious mind. It's sort of like a bizarre trust exercise that I have with the waves. Since so much of my time on solid ground feels like drowning, I take it as God's compromise to let me feel safe in the ocean. For someone who can't swim, I realize this is very silly, but we all have something stupid we let ourselves believe and this is (one of) mine.
As a result of this, the idea of the relationship between water and the mind (specifically one that is plagued with anxiety) has turned into something that frequently pops up in my art. Different shades of deep blue have become the colors I reach for when I work now and both realistic and abstracted views of the ocean keep showing up. Maybe it's God's way of showing me that I can create my own reality in my little studio and I don't have to relay on the ocean for safety. Maybe I just like blue. Maybe I just like that other people like blue and when they see my blue art they like it and I like approval. Maybe I just need to get out of my own head and keep creating until things make more sense. Until then, here's another blue painting. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, as well as the special places in your life that make you feel the most safe. Comment below! <3
The title of this latest piece is named after Jenny Lewis' "Head Underwater". If you haven't listened yet, please enjoy!
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