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Shadow self

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Pigment on wallpaper scrolls                      Full moon January 2009

Left   Self with Samurai sword

Right    Even bigger than me

 

 

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Pigment on wallpaper scrolls                      Full moon January 2009

I have just been rereading The Celestine Prophecy and it has been really nice, it sounds like it will be a really lovely world we just have to wait a few hundred years! 

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Written by Marianne Slevin

11 January, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Coincidences on the Camino de Santiago

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Baby buggy down the glen by the Falls Hotel Ennistymon

 

Yesterday while putting a rather sturdy three wheeled baby buggy in the boot of our 4×4 Lada Niva, I realised that I had bought the same buggy in Santiago two years before our son was to be born in that city. The reason I bought the buggy was because I had just fallen in love with James Slevin, who was pushing all of his supplies rather then carrying them on his back like the pilgrims, he was a long distance walker and I was determined to walk every step of the way beside, behind and in-front of him, it is not always practical to walk hand in hand wile pushing buggies, apart from the sweaty hand thing many of the places we went were tiny paths through woods and up mountains! Was me buying a baby buggy with a man I had only days before met and promptly fallen in love with, in this spiritual city such a strong yet unconscious affirmation that it would draw us back there two years later to give birth to our son?

Yesterday I got a little feel of that again as I pushed our Daughter and Son down the glen by the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon, it is a lovely walk, just a pity it is so short! At the moment James is planning a walk and is very sad to see that nearly all marked walks in Ireland are mainly on the road. If anybody knows of any walks not on roads in Ireland can you please let us know. There are a few lovely Green roads but they are not long enough to get off the gray roads for enough time to feel truly in nature.

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10 January, 2009 at 11:07 am

Moonbeams, shooting stars and an enchanted frozen Lake!

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“Traveller”                       Marianne Potterton        2008-2009

Oil and Indigo pigment on canvas

 

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“Here now Peace”                                Marianne Potterton                  2008-2009

Oil and Indigo pigment on canvas  (Detail)

 

Moonbeams squeezed under the door the night we had driven back from the enchanted frozen lake, making a wish on on shooting star on our way home. That was yesterday. Somehow all of these experiences filter into my paintings. So as James often tells me it is so important to expose ourselves to lots of powerful and interesting experiences so our art is fed by them and becomes richer. Yesterday I went to Lough Ger in County Limrick, it was beautiful and well worth a visit.

These are two painting that I reworked the other day. Sometimes it is hard to know if you are making the biggest mistake painting over a painting that once you thought was finished. I was never really happy with these paintings so the other day when I had no canvas to work on I thought that I would see what I could do with them. I do like them much better now and feel more confident showing them. Though sometimes I think a painting needs time to be and one day will be it’s time, possibly these could be the best works or it could be that they never really arrived at an interesting place.

The top painting has gone through many different phases, now you can barely make out the  astronaut/diver, just their rose coloured visor. The lower painting is staying with the space theme in a way, with planets and stars and down to the activity of atoms and invisible changes. This connects to the 7 Veils of Illusion series from earlier. Saying Here, now Peace. 

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9 January, 2009 at 12:29 pm

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Let me light up!

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Detail of work on paper in the studio today

Willow Charcoal, indigo pigment and ink on paper   Marianne Potterton 2008-2009

 

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Detail of work on paper in the studio today

Compressed charcoal, indigo pigment and ink on paper   Marianne Potterton 2008-2009

 

I am feeling a bit disgruntled today about certain things so I thought I would make some art about it! Things like not being able to smoke in a pub or cafe. I don’t care what they say it has changed things; people don’t go out and talk and and fun like they used to, they stay in and watch television more. Our freedom is slipping away, bit by bit. Life has gotten so serious, so today I say light up, (a candle if you don’t smoke!) lighten up and liven up!

These drawings started off as stone rubbings from the floor of the Secret Gallery, then I saw that it looked a little like the sea and coast line maybe even the Cliffs of Moher.If you look closely you can see a little boat and a tent, James in search of wilderness!

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5 January, 2009 at 5:14 pm

To say or not to say!

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Detail of “Inner and Outer”

Twig, feather and ink Drawing                           Marianne Potterton  2008

It is a fine balance between leaving the viewer in the dark without any lead into the artwork and overdoing it so that all the mystery is obliterated; boxed and packaged up so tightly that there is no room for the viewers own imagination.I love when people see things in my own work that I had not seen myself. Different things are revealed to different people.

Painting is not an intellectual pursuit; for me at least, it is an attempt to experience the underlying mystery and the unity of all things. I used to think that it was about trying to make some kind of sense or order out of chaos but I now think that it is more about trying to tap into something greater than we normally think of ourselves to be. Proof of being connected to something more then little me! When I paint I feel connected, at least on the good days!

Creative work could be seen as a meeting and merging place for inner worlds and outer worlds, concoctions formed out of  both unique and repeating relationships between our own inner and outer relationships with the world and ourselves.  

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4 January, 2009 at 11:48 am

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Meditating and a Happy New Year!

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Sometimes I think I would like to be the sort of artist that did organised coordinated artworks; large series of matching paintings, but the truth is I am not like that! I sit down to each new blank canvas or sheet of paper like it was the first I had ever met. I allow whatever it is at that moment to reveal itself whether it be a meditating man or a bird of prey or whatever comes to the surface. I meditate most days and after I do the attempting to really meditate bit which only lasts 10 minutes I allow my mind to ponder on some of the more creative ideas and images that are floating through.

Allan Watts who gave lectures on Eastern Philosophy talked about how we are not the same person throughout the day: it is not the same person that walked up the stairs earlier this morning that now writes these lines.” Spring does not turn into Summer, but Summer comes after Spring”. I feel this very much when I make art; there are many moments compressed together to form a chain, without each link the chain could not exist. I might like to do a series of meditating men or women but when I sit down at the next blank canvas who knows who I will be!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from The Secret Gallery!

Written by Marianne Slevin

1 January, 2009 at 10:50 am