Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Before Time Paintings


Before Time 10
“I grew up as a Mormon. Throughout the years I have yearned for a strong testimony. My mom had a blind faith in the religion. She wouldn’t flinch an eyelash at historical opposition or a different viewpoint. As a person who overanalyzes things, I haven’t yet had a firm belief. As a kid I overheard a peer say they had a memory of the preexistence. There was a part of me that wished I had that kind of belief-affirming experience. Throughout the years I would wonder “How would a pre-life heaven look?” I have a twin sister and often I would imagine me and her in a preexistence playing tricks on each other.
I think the idea of a premortal life is mystical in part because the doctrine says very little except that it existed, it was with God, that all people that ever lived and ever will live were there as literal spirit brothers and sisters. As to exactly what a heaven-before-life looks like, we're left to our imaginations to fill in the gaps.
When I started this series I wanted to paint a thousand people in every painting. In my mind the preexistence was packed, every spirit, every soul all in one place. I thought I was going to paint a scene full of stereotypical glorious angels. As I painted, however my tricksterish view of the prelife inevitably manifested itself. The backgrounds consistently changed to a vibrant red.
Part of why my faith has been unsteady throughout the years is because of my manic depressive disorder and OCD. I have never had the ubiquitous Mormon demeanor of a warm glow and a smile. I never could picture a universe of complacent people especially when my day to day existence could sometimes be so bleak. Years ago I started painting darker art to mirror my mental illness. Ironically, allowing myself to express all aspects of my life and personality, even the darker ones, has made me a much happier person.
Roman art is classical and timeless. There is something timeless about marble, the rich soft blues, the blacks and golds. If anything typifies a heavenly atmosphere it seems that the Romans were close. I keep the outfits in the pictures simple, often just a loin cloth mainly to show the character's bodies.  I am drawn to Roman architecture mainly of the oculus. Looking upwards towards a skylight is warm and inviting. I repeat an organic circle shape at the top and bottom of many of my pictures.

I call this series Before Time. I hope this series makes its viewers wonder, “What was life like before time existed?”

Before Time 11

27 comments:

  1. I love before time 11 painting, incredible colors ^_^

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  2. What an interesting series! I love to see people's creative work

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  3. You're such a great painter! This is an amazing work.

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  4. Oh wow, these are really unique and quirky! You're very talented x

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  5. Absolutely stunning! I think you should try something more in the grey shades next time!

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  6. Amazing design! You are so talented and your creations are unique!

    Pammy - joyfulsource.com

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  7. Did you makes these? Talent

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  8. These are so visually complex! Definitely a piece of art you will never forget.

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  9. These are so unique and interesting!

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  10. I love how artistic that is! That's really neat and creative.. I wish I could paint, lol!

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  11. Are these interesting works done with colored pencil, markers, water color, or acrylic - or a combination of media?

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  12. Sometimes I think about what if I went to art school. I can draw and I enjoy painting and I do okay at them, but I would like to enhance it. Maybe when I have more free time I could pick it back up. Thanks for sharing your art.

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  13. So much energy in these paints, really fantastic work.

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  14. The art is pretty interesting! Wonder what it means!

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  15. Would love to see some commentary on your thoughts as you were painting these. Like Claire, I wonder what they mean. I'm a student of authorial intent, not "what does this mean to you."

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  16. Very different! I recently picked up a paint brush for the first time in years and loved it! It's such a calming and therapeutic exercise 🎨

    http://www.thesmalladventurer.blogspot.com.au/

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  17. The art is amazingly awesome. You are so talented and your creations are unique! I wish I could paint too.

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  18. Wow! these are so beautiful and so unique, great talent you have there. Nice work :)

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  19. Awesome! I love painting too and really enjoyed this post!

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  20. Your story is so interesting and I love that you're expressing your upbringing and conflict with those ideals through art. Thanks for sharing, Leanne x

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  21. you are so talented, this is so beautiful. I wish I continued with my art streak.

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  22. I love seeing different peoples expression in art! These are really beautiful and you must be so proud!

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  23. Interesting art! Made me curious of what would actually "before time" paintngs would look like, I guess you covered it well Shelley!

    God bless,
    JM Kayne | #InMyHeart♥

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  24. That's pretty much me. I've been a skeptic for as long as I could remember, among other things, and it's one of the reasons why I have difficulty sticking to a religion. Love your interpretation, by the way. x

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