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INSPIRATION

Oil on Linen          2011

48 x 30               $4500

Friends have said, "why calla lilies, they look like funeral flowers?", and "why black and white? It seems uninspired to me!"

My answers are; calla lilies have been depicted in art for centuries, and symbolize things like light, purity, chastity, sexuality, love, life and death. That all seems like a good flower for Inspiration to me! If you look closely you will see that this painting is modeled after the Yin-Yang symbol, which stands for harmony, balance, and opposites. Another good symbol for Inspiration! I feel that either I am on or off, I am inspired or not. For me there is nothing in between, like “sort of inspired”  or “a little inspired”.

It is no accident that the word "inspiration" comes from the root meaning "to breathe" or "inspire" which is the opposite of “expire” and it often seems to me like a matter of life and death when the inspired state of mind is gone and all the lights have gone out.

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