This is my first finished painting of 2018:
A expressionist watercolor of the sun over bluebell flowers.
-I recently finished a book by C.G. Jung, entitled “Memories, Dreams, Reflections.” This was the first book I had ever read by him, and I was amazed at how visionary and esoteric many of his thoughts and ideas were. I have been reading a lot of excerpts and quotes of his, and here is one that has been on my mind lately:
“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”
-Jung’s idea of confronting your shadow, or the dark aspects of your personality, is one of his main tenants for living a full and pure life. This sentiment is also discussed by Jordan B. Peterson, a professor and psychologist who I believe that has many interesting ideas and I listen to often.
-Many people have an idealistic view of human nature, that we are all pure and it is society that corrupts us. But I do not believe this. There is a darkness in almost everyone that must be confronted and dealt with. If we do not, it will surface in a subconscious way which is often negative and explosive.
-One example I can think of this is if someone has a lot of anger. If they keep it bottled up and try to repress it, they will explode eventually and may even get violent. But if they learn to channel this anger into creating something, it can be used to fuel their energy.
-This is one reason why I love creating art, even if it is just a sketch or practice with watercolor. I try to put my emotion into every piece, and after I am done I feel much calmer. It is like a release for me.
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
-We should not delude ourselves into thinking we are perfect and divine, but accept that we have a negative aspects to us, in order to use this darkness for good.
I did 2 rough drafts of an idea for a painting I have with two figures embracing in a really expressionist way, almost like on a cave wall.
Here’s some random practice pieces:
My last piece of 2017, this expressionist painting features two figures kissing among flowers underneath the sun.