Flying Dream-new painting

For my next art show in November, I’m painting a series on bodies, particularly those that have been transformed by life’s challenges.

I have know several people who have had leg amputations below the knee and this painting was inspired, in a way, by them, as well as by a recent strange dream.   I was trying to fly but was caught in a current of water.

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Flying Dreams by Joy Murray, 16×10″ acrylic and ink on stretched canvas

What do you think?

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Something About Your Light

Beloved Memphis artist Frankd Robison posts pictures of himself on social media as well as his friends and his healing process as he works to deal with serious health problems.  It’s lucky for me because I can practice sketching various facial expressions from his pictures.  He posts his paintings and his philosophy of hope, and the belief that love never fails, without ignoring the sorrow and brutality of the world.

Earlier this year he posted this photograph:

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Photo by Frankd Robinson

I look at it frequently — something about the light and his expression and his clothes strike me as sacred.  The sacred struggle of life as we try to survive diseases in addition to all the chaos and pain life throws our way.   There is pain, but there is light, there is grace.

I didn’t know if I had the skill to paint this light, but it kept nagging at me.  I wanted to commune with the image in a way that I can only do with paint.  So I plunged forward and painted it the best I could.

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Something About Your Light, by Joy Murray, Acrylic on stretched canvas, 9×12

My goal wasn’t to exactly reproduce the photograph, but to do an homage, like I did with my last painting of Frankd.

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How Does Your Garden Grow? 

And here are a few of Frankd Robinson’s remarkable works:

 

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New Painting: Unraveling

I painted a version of this a few years ago:

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She Never Knew What to Make of Her Own Unraveling, by Joy Murray, 8×10″

I made it for myself — it was a painting  to help me understand the impact of trauma and disability has had on my life, and on so many lives.

I liked the composition and I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on it.  I’ve been working on a larger version on it for awhile, and finally finished:

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Unraveling, by Joy Murray, 18×20″ Mixed Media

We are all in a continual state of transformation — some feels great, some feels scary.  But however life impacts us, we are a sacred part of nature.

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New Painting: No One Understands

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No One Understands, 16×24″, acrylic and ink, Joy Murray

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If you’d like to support my art and writing, please consider becoming a donor on Patreon.  If I get enough supporters, I can make this blog ad-free!  Here’s a link to my Patreon page:

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If you prefer to make a one time donation, you can do so at paypal.com  Please email me at joyzmailbox@gmail.com if you’d like details.