17.9.10

"Pondering" in the Studio

Here is my newest thought provoking mixed media painting, "Pondering". It's another piece for my painting challenge I'm involved in. We had a photo of a bird to do whatever with and I chose to just use its shape. The meaning behind the painting is that we often stay at a point we feel safe in our life. It's hard to take chances/risks... what if what we really want doesn't work out? We don't want to chance falling on our face or is it we think its just to much work to follow our heart. Well that's just what this piece signifies. The bird can fly away, where?... well that's the journey, or it could go back in its cage... to the place it's used to, safe... the ordinary. But is that the place it's heart really is? Most likely it is somewhere else, yearning for something greater. That is the reason for the red dot... the heart. For sure it will not be the safest, most secure route to go after but with life being so short why not follow what your heart is telling you. Fly.
Have a wonderful weekend!

9 comments:

Melissa said...

Jodi, i love this piece. especially hearing the meaning behind it. sometimes when i'm in an art gallery, i wish each of the artist could be narrating to me what they were each thinking as they created their piece of art. it truly brings so much beauty to the work. thank you for sharing.

Bev said...

i love this jodi, so inspiring...
xo

Jen said...

This is fabulous. It's so simple, but so heavy with meaning. How inspiring. When you sell it, if you do, you simply must tell the buyer the story behind it -- every time they see it, they will ask themselves those questions you bring up in your post.

Christie Cottage said...

I love it. We should alwas follow our heart!

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Artist Terri Smith said...

Hi Jodi..this is an exceptional piece. LOVE IT! I've seen artists place notecards on the backs of their canvases expressing the story behind their painting. What a lovely story of following the heart you told with this one. Hugs, Terri

Diana said...

I love this piece.... Also, look how you cropped the first picture. It's very exciting to have the cage at a tilt and not showing all of it...maybe a 2nd piece?

Very nice thought behind it, too.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Jodi... I love this piece. The meaning behind it is meaningful and so familiar. Love the red dot... the heart!! Did you free hand the cage? It is beautiful, I love the distressed look to it. Thanks so much for showing us a peek into your studio this week! :)

Sarah B. said...

Beautiful painting and a beautiful message, to boot!

Jodi Ulschmid said...

Thank you everyone! :)

Jennifer~ Yeah I drew up the bird cage then made it into a stencil so I could paint it with a worn look. Happy with how it turned out.