'Escapism'’ Autumn seed heads & grasses-Garden Painting
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Size: 100cm x 150cm (39.5”x59”)on 4cm deep profile canvas.
Medium; Acrylic & OIls on Canvas.
About this painting: 'Escapism' is a large garden painting on canvas of sweeping autumnal grasses & seed heads in dappled sunlight amongst trees. Inspired by the wilderness gardens of Miguel Rodriguez it is full of tones of amber, gold & cream with soft green shades in the background.The painting morphs from very warm, rich, deep golden tones softer buff & muted greens as the light in a room changes throughout the day. It creates a beautiful centerpiece statement painting & generates an atmosphere of cosy enveloping calm & warmth to an interior.
While creating Escapism over a period of weeks, the creative process of multiple layers of translucent colour created a meditative state in which I become totally lost. Time to process thoughts & let the stresses of life slip away & disappear. The sweeps of my paintbrush layering swaying grasses with seed heads peeking out amongst them a gentle balm.
The word escapism can change in meaning from avoidance of reality to a positive way of healing & creating well being by allowing ourselves to become absorbed in a mindful way. Taking time away from the day to day worries & activities is so vital for maintaining an equilibrium & positive mental & physical health, it lets the mind rest & be stimulated to produce serotonin & feel good hormones. Being close to nature is intrinsically linked to our health, and spending time to just focus on its beauty a wonderful way to relax. Surrounding ourselves by inspiring scenes from Nature & just stopping for a while to enjoy them brings ease & comfort.
Creating 'Escapism' brought that feeling & the big garden painting radiates good feelings & warth, making a living room or bedroom interior a place of warmth & comfort.