I recently completed this painting, inspired by a dockhouse at Bald Head Island, NC. I t dawned on me that this is the third marsh painting I've completed this year, so I began contemplating why I've been drawn to these scenes, beyond the obvious fact that I love the coast and the beauty of the marsh. I recalled learning that the marsh acts as a filter.
It has been part of my daily practice to journal-- it is the way I pray/worship/process, and is integral to my art. This morning, I looked up marshes and recorded: "Salt marshes are one type of estuarine habitat that acts like an enormous filter, removing pollutants...out of the water flowing through it. In addition to pollutants, the same water often brings with it all of the nutrients from the surrounding watershed." (www.oceanservice.noaa.gov/ed)
Prior to this, times I have recorded scriptures and thoughts about the refining process; how precious metals are heated intensely to a very high temperature until they liquify, and all the dross--the impurities-- rise to the surface to be poured off. This analogy is such a beautful one and one that has been resonating with me lately.
Also, in light of some health challenges lately, I have been learning more about and the body's processes, not the least of which is filtering out impurities.
All this to say...I am becoming more and more aware of how both my conscious and subconscious thoughts affect my painting. Another example of how whatever things resonate within you affect your art and your voice.