I’ve been hearing a lot about balance lately. Work-life balance, internal-external balance, yes-no balance, physical-spiritual balance. How do we maintain peace and harmony in our lives amidst a daily barage of chaos and uncertainty?
Because I’ve been thinking about this, I decided to create a visual representation of balance. The inspiration for the color palette was a large piece of burgundy canvas and the banana flower that’s blooming outside my studio.
The underpainting for the piece was created using kitchen tools scavenged from local thrift stores. I rarely use a brush to paint. These marks were made with a paper plate holder, spatulas, ice cube trays, a whisk, a yardstick, and the rims of cups and bowls.
I like to have fun with the underpainting and not think too much about colors and design. I know I can tie it all together later with subsequent layers of paint.
Here’s the finished painting. Click on the image below to see the rich colors and gorgeous texture of this piece in your browser.
“Equilibrium”, 38 x 52 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
It’s a stunning painting with an Asian flair, although that wasn’t an intended effect. Just a lucky result of the deep colors, layered images and simple Zen-like design.
It’s meant to convey simplicity, harmony and a balance between the turmoil of the external world and turning toward an inner peace in our internal world. Three feels like a balanced number to me. Three legs on a stool are more stable than four.
The painting looks fantastic anchoring my dining room and will look remarkable in your home or work space, too.
Where could you use balance in your life? I feel like I could use balance in my level of activity. I tend to say “yes” to too many things, and then I’m in over my head and feel overwhelmed. I need to learn when to say “no.”
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share them with us in the comments section below.
Happy Easter and Passover, Friends! Wishing you a joyous celebration and a renewed spirit for the coming season.
Much love and appreciation,