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  • Writer's pictureKelly Curran


Major life experiences have a way of refining us, or even just life itself -  like a pointed rock becoming round. So to does art follow us through this refining. I've found in the past year what I want to paint are open fields but in a new way. Using bristol brushes to move mounds of paint around in an array of colors has helped me to put down my feelings in a new way. Its almost like the field itself becomes the medium through which the channeling takes place. It allows a freedom of space to really do what you want to do, not what you think you should do. Its more emotional, less structured.  Dylan once said, "It’s nice to be able to put yourself in an environment where you can completely accept all the unconscious stuff that comes to you from your inner workings of your mind. And block yourself off to where you can control it all, take it down… For me, the environment to write the song is extremely important. The environment has to bring something out in me that wants to be brought out. It’s a contemplative, reflective thing… Environment is very important. People need peaceful, invigorating environments. Stimulating environments." He goes on to say that the world doesn't need any more songs, "Unless someone’s gonna come along with a pure heart and has something to say. That’s a different story."  After having Poppy I've never seen a more PURE heart, all babies are so pure. Keeping that, and holding onto it for as long as possible, or even returning to that purity is important to the art of creating. She has inspired these new pieces and I'm just trying to stay open to that energy. These fields are therapeutic to paint and for right now what i have to say is encoded in them. 

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