Fresh From the Easel!!!

Releasing Long-held Grievances
Into The Blinding Light of Love

Releasing Grievances Into The Blinding Light Of Love by Amy Ferrari

Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 48     2018

This is a recently finished painting that I worked on for almost six months.  So to have it finally finished is indeed a celebration!  Much of that six months was taken up by my relocation efforts moving my home from Waterloo to Hamilton.  But whenever I could steal a paint day, I’d find new ideas to try with the painting…

Reference Image

The thing I really love about doing abstract paintings is that the reference image, or, starting point, for the piece need not dictate the final piece in any way.  Which means I can fall down the rabbit hole with the painting for as long as it takes me.  This piece took me for quite a journey far far away from the source material which consisted of a few random drips of paint forming four figures.  The source material drips had inspired me because it hatched the thought of trying to create a piece that was about bringing out the dark grievances in life into the light of understanding and love.  It seemed like an important idea to chase, and chase it I did!  While the imagery evolved drastically, the concept of dissolving grievances with understanding remained a constant.  

The images of the four figures, though radically transformed, also remain somewhat intact.  Everybody has unspoken grievances, and usually it’s because it can be difficult to talk about the things that can lead to disagreements.  The grievances are stored in the dark vessels along the bottom of the picture.  The left-most figure happens to be the figure getting the most attention, and the grievances that are being aired mostly come from her.  This figure is deemed by me to be a ‘she’; her focus is her immediate neighbour, who I deem to be her partner. The two figures on the right are relatives and also serve as support for the couple.  As she is finally able to communicate her grievances, the darkness she had held inside dissipates into the yellow light as the understanding from her loved ones becomes evident.  The grievances are dissolved into smaller effervescent particle globs that are surrounded by the yellow light of love that bubble upwards and eventually dissipate into the yellow light of understanding.

While the exact issue that formed the grievances is not terribly important to the piece, I invite viewers to come up with their own ideas about that.  My only suggestion is that she may happen to be reaching the later stages of her childbearing years…   As well, the ultimate result of airing her grievances is not exactly important to the piece, and again, I invite the viewers to envision the ultimate resolution. I suggest that important point of resolving her grievances is that she was heard, appreciated, and loved by the most important  figures in her life.

While the painting is essentially about love and understanding, I am hoping that it is a visual treat with humour, warmth, and harmonious spirit with a presence of positivity.

I wish you all a very merry holiday season full of light and understanding and mostly, full of love.  🙂


New Hoosmaller copy

Subconscious Projections of Harmony

The images below represent paintings that are currently on display at the Art District Gallery in St. Jacobs (1369 King. St., N.)  At the recent opening reception at ADG, I had the wonderful opportunity to share my interpretations of the meanings inherent in the paintings, which I had never put into words previously.  Now that I have, I figured that it’s time to share!

Abstract paintings are my favourite!  Often, in my abstract work, the forms evolve into what I call “shape characters”.  In my mind, these forms represent subconscious thoughts.  My mission in art is to create paintings that add positivity to any environment, thus, these shape characters all have the common goal of co-existing in harmony.


Renaissansical Generation Jam
Renaissansical Generation Jam

In Renaissansical Generation Jam, the forms are congregating in order to share ideas to solve a problem.  All are attentive, giving full mindfulness as each idea is presented and explored.  Some of the ideas are red, indicating that the ideas have matured.  One idea is green, and still is being developed and nurtured.  Only one idea is considered by the group at a time.



The Learning Curves
The Learning Curves

In The Learning Curves, there are two classes of forms, the larger verticals, and the smaller squiggly reds.  All forms are working in harmony to reach a common destination, and the relationship between the verticals and the reds is symbiotic and flourishing.



Happy Huddle
Happy Huddle

In Happy Huddle, all of the forms are yellow. Only five of the forms have some red individuality rings, because the forms know and love each other so well, that they can perceive and appreciate each other’s uniqueness.  And all the happy goodness bubbles up and collects above them and spreads the love to all.



Happosition Harmony
Happosition Harmony

In Happosition Harmony, the forms represent two opposing factions that are coming together to resolve their differences.  There is some tension in the situation, but overriding that tension is calmness, and the ability to understand the opposition’s point of view.



Relearning Gravitational Resistance
Relearning Gravitational Resistance

In Relearning Gravitational Resistance, the forms have created a sort of floating nursery, because sometimes we all need to remember how to let go, relax, and just float.  The beginners are in the safe floating tubs at the bottom of the picture plane, and the more advanced are floating higher, with some nurturing assistance. Ahhhh…

For more information on these paintings, please see my Available Pure Abstracts page!
These five pieces will be on display at Art District Gallery until March 22nd, 2017.