"Dolphin Days" 12x16 inches Original acrylic on canvas
© 2012 Barbara Blair
This stylized painting of dolphins, waves, a beach with sea shells, tropical flowers and palm trees is a joyful celebration of exotic coastal life. It is the first painting I have done that has positive, affirmative words embedded in it under the paint.
Here's the start of this painting after I transferred the sketch from my sketchbook onto the canvas:
Even though most of my artwork deliberately includes clear lively colors and either joyful or peaceful images, I plan to also include positive intentions in future paintings, both in the form of words embedded under the paint, and also through my own positive thoughts while creating the artwork. The idea behind this is that positive thoughts and energy in objects radiate outward on a subtle level and affect the spaces they are in, and in so doing positively affect the people around them.
We know from physics that everything is energy. Color and light, words, thoughts, music, sound, as well as shapes are all different forms of energy vibrations. We also know from experiments by quantum physicists that human consciousness affects matter. To quote Albert Einstein: "Everything is energy and that's all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics."
There is a lot of information available on this topic: the work of Gregg Braden's "Divine Matrix" comes to mind, as does Dr. Masaru Emoto's experiments with the effect of music and words on water.
I was an interior designer for many years, and have always been interested in how what we put into our built environments affects us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Biologist Bruce Lipton has written a very interesting book "The Biology of Belief" in which he proves that the environment of the cells is very important to health. If we experience high levels of stress from negative thoughts, feelings, beliefs and perceptions (much of which is running us on a subconscious level), it shuts down our immune system and therefore allows many forms of "dis-ease".
What does this have to do with our homes and offices? Everything we put in them is "food" that we ingest through all of our senses, and their energies, whether positive or negative, have an effect on our moods, stress levels, hormones, cellular activity, brain functioning, and therefore our health, happiness and overall well-being. If you've ever read anything about Feng Shui, which deals with the energies in buildings as well as the surrounding land, you will easily make the connection. It's very important that the buildings in which we live and work are balanced, harmonious and beautiful. Colors and artwork are an important part of that equation.
With that said - back to my art: In addition to embedding positive words and intentions hidden in the paintings, I also plan to create images with words written visibly on top of them. A custom commision service will also soon be available to include a customer's requested colors and words. More on this later.
Regarding this article's featured painting, "Dolphin Days", what feelings and/or words come to your mind when you look at this image? I'd be very interested in hearing your comments and getting your feedback as to whether anyone picks up on what I have embedded in it! Thanks so much.
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