In the Shadow of the Moon

I painted a portrait of artist Frankd Robinson a few months ago.  I’ve wanted to paint a companion piece that showed his features more, and I did.  But I didn’t like it.  I had it on my wall for a long time, and the more I looked at it, the less I thought it said.  So I finally took it down and repainted it.  I finished it yesterday and added a few touches this morning.

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In the Shadow of the Moon, by Joy Murray,  9×12″, acrylic on canvas

I wanted to honor the shadows and light that comes from having chronic health challenges.  This is how the two paintings look like together:

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In the Shadow of the Moon, and Something About Your Light, by Joy Murray

It’s really my nature to make portraits and art with a bit of magic and myth added.  The mystery of what we are challenged with in life, and how we cope, the potential spiritual growth, and how we respond when we are trapped in the cage of illness, where we are surprised to find ourselves in the midst of sacred transformation.

I also think it’s a good idea to sit with a painting (or any kind of art) that you feel isn’t right.  Maybe it is, and you need time to see what you actually created instead of what you wanted to create.  Other times, you finally see what is missing in the painting.  Then you begin again and often you get it right.

You can read more about the painting “Something About Your Light” and Frankd Robinson’s art here.

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My Paintings for 2019

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If you’d like to see the titles and whether or not they’re still available, you can go here.  https://joymurray.com/joy-murray-art/

My favorite painting experiences were the portraits of frankd robinson.  I broke through fears about portraits and how to paint disability.  Turns out it’s like painting anything else, takes time, imagination and a bit of magic.

https://joymurray.com/2019/09/04/something-about-your-light/

https://joymurray.com/2019/05/04/an-homage-to-frankd-robinson/

My next show, in March of 2020, will be called “Shards of Color and Other Broken Things.”  Bodies in transformation will be a large part of the show.  I’ll be showing with other artists as well, so I look forward to that.

I continue to treasure the support I get from my blog followers, my facebook friends and my patrons.  Thank you and may the new year bring us all the things we need and all the things we love.

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Evergreen Duo

I have been experimenting with making a kind of monoprint, where I paint one layer on a canvas, then smush it onto another.  I put the paint on thickly, but some of it dries before I make the transfer.  So I paint more on the printed one, then smush them together again.  I did many layers on this one, and though it didn’t turn out as textured as I wanted, I think the two of them have a nice winter forest look.  I made them look different, and put a bird on each one.

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Evergreen Forest 1, 8×10″, acrylic on canvas by Joy Murray
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Evergreen Forest 2, by Joy Murray

They’re distinct enough alone, but they also look good hung together.

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I’m going to play around with different papers and supports for this technique.  It’s a fun way to find new ways paint can be used.

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The Altar in my Soul

The Altar in my Soul

a prose poem by Joy Murray

I built an altar in my soul for you.  I adorned it with things you made, things I made, dried flowers, sea shells, stones, vessels and wishes.  The altar has infinite space because I built in my imagination where there are no limits.  The sacred space grows til I can no longer grasp it all.  I conjure you up.

There is a meadow of wild flowers, so bright with color that we are silenced by the beauty as we walk hand in hand.  There is a pavilion built on a pier over dark waters.  We dance there.  We shed our broken bodies and slip into a shared dream, dancing alone, twirling together.  You are so close to me, then you are so far away I can’t see you.

I know you’ve gone back to your real life.  The one I have no part in.  The one where you work so hard to survive the illness you don’t deserve.

I sit with this altar in my wheelchair.  I pour water for the ancestors onto parched ground and wonder which of us will be among them first.

I light all the candles in my soul and roll into my day, knowing in my sad old bones how far away you’ll always be.

I wheel my way into my life, awed by the strange, broken beauty that colors all of my days.

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She never knew what to make of her own unraveling, by Joy Murray

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