Oshilaja Hemsley Art Blog
A summer solstice painting that came from a meditation. Pure indigo colours highlighted in pale lemon and white.
The first time I did what I call a pastel panel was out of necessity more than creative experimentation. It was back in 1999 and around the time of the summer solstice. I simply ran out of paper, but ___MG___ (as I fondly call her) came to me live and in Technicolor and changed my life forever. She marks a turning point in my career as an artist. She comes to all who call on her with her silver book of profound dreams and memories guiding us on our soul-journeys with a nudge here, a pat there, or a ___I wouldn__™t if I were you___ where necessary.
I usually paint on the floor on all fours and started painting her face when that middle frame took on a life of its own, filling my whole studio with each fold of her flowing robes that shimmered___ wrapping me up with the most wonderfully loving energy that emanated from her robes of pure indigo and translucent white. I truly did not know what was going on with me and this painting. All I knew was I could not stop painting, so kept reaching for more sheets of paperstock I had nearby. She spans just a little over 6ft x 6ft. and looks as if she comes through the Georgian framed window of my studio. Now, looking back, I must have used my whole body to create this piece, cos by the time I was finished, I was spent, but not at all exhausted. Instead, I was totally energised.
She remains a useful meditation tool for lifting veils and blocks and if anyone would like the meditation, please let me know.
By the way, a couple of subsequent (more recent) pastel panels can be seen in the "Large Pastels" gallery on my site.