Friday, May 15, 2015

Snuggling Dogs, Clarity & Magic Moments

Last night I went for a walk with my little dog Bear up the hill to look out over Lake Ontario as the sun was setting. The sky was beautiful and the colours took my breath away. 

I sat on a bench for quite a while just drinking it in, dropping my shoulders, breathing deep, just letting a sense of peace wash over me.

Sunlight on the Rocks by Alison Galvan

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 And then it hit me. 
Lake Reflections by Alison Galvan

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All the stuff that had been bugging me, all the irritations, big and small,  disappeared, and everything seemed to get really really clear. 
Morning on the Rocks by Alison Galvan

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I don't know if it was the fresh air, the silence, or the happy warmth of my little dog snuggled up on my lap that did it, but light bulbs started flashing over my head like fireworks. 

On the Edge of the Storm by Alison Galvan

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I don't know about you, but I've struggled with meditation.  I can never seem to turn my brain off, or at least turn the volume down to low. I also try very hard putting into practice the ideas of visualization and manifesting too, but again, somehow, I always feel like I'm a bit of a fraud when I formally sit down to do so. My mind wanders, or embarrassingly, I fall asleep!

Storm Over the Wood by Alison Galvan

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But last night everything clicked. When I came off the top of that hill it was as if I was floating. The sun may have set on the day, but my horizons had expanded tenfold. 

Doorway to a New Journey by Alison Galvan

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I got back home and immediately put pen to paper making lists of all the things I wanted to do - inspiring ideas for new art pieces, ways in which to give my collectors a clearer view into my artwork and my process, what new art projects I can do with my seniors group at the retirement home, and how can I convey to my audience how much love I have for what I do and that I am grateful for all those that choose to share it with me. 

I really don't know how long it was that I sat there staring at the sky, and if that is what meditation is supposed to be like, then Hurray!, I finally did it and now I totally get why people sing it's praises.

Morning has Broken by Alison Galvan

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It was a wonderful experience - a magical moment.

And now, when I sit down each morning to figure out all that I have to do, at the top of my list I make sure to include one such moment. I write:

Me with my lovely little dog, Bear having a snuggle

Every evening at sunset, hike to the top of the hill, breathe deep, and with your heart reach up and see if you can touch the sky. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

The WHY of Art Creation

Artists create for all kinds of reasons.

To express their political views,

for religious or spiritual inspiration,

to vent personal anger, frustration,



or contentment

The "WHY" of my Art

We all have the solid parts of ourselves. More than just the physical solidness of our bodies, but ideas, values and morals that we are firm about.
Window of Opportunity 36 x 48 by Alison Galvan

Then we have our ethereal side. Our spirit, soul, or inner self.
Morning has Broken 30 x 40 by Alison Galvan

My bas-relief sculpting is like my solid side, it's hard, "set in stone" so to speak.
Winter's Contrasts 36 x 36 by Alison Galvan

Go beyond this hard exterior and you have a view into my inner spirit - soft, ephemeral, shifting from darkness to light, sometimes tumultuous and other times peaceful. 
Storm on the Horizon 30 x 40 by Alison Galvan

Through my artwork I am  examining and exploring the transitions and chapters that I am experiencing in my life.
Misty Road 48 x 60 by Alison Galvan

From the layers of my inner self which is private,
Racing Towards Possibilities 36 x 48 by Alison Galvan

to my outer self that I show the world.
A Crooked Little View 30 x 40 by Alison Galvan

The chapters and life lessons that bring stormy weather, or calm.

These transitions from the 3D sculpted sections of my artwork to the 2D painted surface symbolize the depth and digging down to find the deeper meaning to the changes.
Morning on the Rocks 24 x 30 by Alison Galvan

Change is part of life and sometimes it is difficult, but more often than not even when it's challenging, in the end we learn that it is for the best
Storm Over the Wood 24 x 36 by Alison Galvan

Creating my art helps me come to that realization.

Why do you create art? Let me know in the comments below...