Seeing Transformation - part of the spiral
Like me, do you look back on a trip or an event and feel as if it were someone else, not you, who made that journey?
Events, conversations, and places I have been, fade so quickly. I return and within hours, I wonder…”did I really go there?”
At last the show has almost arrived, it opens November 10th at Red Cloud. I have been painting since May. Fifteen new paintings and a performance of the play written about my painting White Raven Speaks is about to unfold. The time of writing through this grant draws to a close.
Until this morning, I was still at work on the last two canvases, still seeking their stories and secrets, still focused on the light and the shadows. There had been many nights spent wondering whether or not I was going to finish. Dreams waking me to return to my easel over and over. At last I could finally see the end. And then the work was done. I set down my brush and I looked around the studio. And I thought how did I get here?
I had written earlier about the first 6 paintings for this show…which I like to call the “Crazy Six”. An interesting beginning in this journey spent trying to listen to too many voices all at the same time. Yet here at this journeys end, it is these final two paintings, that seem at the heart of the show, as if the last are the first and it brings me full circle around, but from within the spiral I look up to see the beginning from a different place and while following the spiral I am able to see the place above aligned with the place below it, coming round over an again never ending simply continuing.
And I realize it is I who is someone else….
I hope you will join me for the opening of my show Friday - November 10th - 6-10PM at Red Cloud Indian Arts Gallery 214 Beach Drive. The Play White Raven Speaks at 7PM under the stars outside the gallery.
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YaeL Kelley lives and works at her studio in the Artist Enclave of historic Kenwood in St. Petersburg, Florida. Petersburg, Florida.