Processing information beyond the Intellectual – Interconnections

I have a relatively small bolt hole in London where I paint and live.    Consequently I have had to be creative in organising the space.  It’s more studio than living which suits me very well.

Along with my watercolour painting, I work on large canvases and have paintings stacked against walls, etc.      However, the light is good, and it meets all my needs until Marmite Heaven is revealed.

This image shows my new watercolour brush on the work table in the foreground and a large oil on canvas (still a work in progress) against the wall.P1160490

This is the story behind the series….and how it has developed since 1982, when I first spent time on Isle-au-Haut – an island in the Penobscot Bay – Maine.   I am hoping to return there next year.

In hindsight, I can see that until this point – my work was all about acquiring technical know-how and very little about the intangible – or thinking beyond the intellectual.     

It was while water-colour painting and sketching the incredible rock formations on Boom Beach, Isle-au-Haut,  that I had the sudden and intense insight that all of life is interconnected….I began to see and understand the ‘whole’ rather than life in fragmentation and can now see that this was when I began to process information beyond the intellectual…..

This large oil on canvas was painted in 1982 after my insight on Isle-au-haut.    Here I have integrated the human form with the rock formations…….It’s about the poignant moment when people turn their backs on one another. 

Although this painting might appear to be unrelated to the large canvases I am now working on… fact they are totally interconnected.            

til August 10 432

Since 1982, I have worked on many corporate/private commissions, exhibitions and so on, but throughout the journey, it is this series that holds my real interest.

When painting, regardless of size or subject matter….the fact is that when we change one tiny fraction of a painting – we change the whole….and this is true for life.

I believe that until we as a human species fully understand this concept….we will continue to self destruct.      

More about the paintings I am working now….

When I sit and observe nature….I see a symphony of colour/shape/shade/light – and natural rhythms.     There are no beginnings or endings – everything is interconnected. 

Using symbolic imagery – my goal, as this series develops, is to establish an intangible energy and rhythm in the paintings – celebrating the interconnections rather than the separations…

A Bientôt

33 thoughts on “Processing information beyond the Intellectual – Interconnections

  1. ShimonZ

    I so love this picture. I remember it from previous posts. And every time I look at it, I am transported to another state of awareness. It’s wonderful, Janet.

  2. Tish Farrell

    I agree with Shimon. Elemental, dear Janet. You are so right too about how we too often fail to realise how changing one small thing influences the whole. We do not seem to learn this lesson, though we have seen the dire consequences

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Sarah….yes, for a London bolt hole, this really does serve all my needs very well….and as you are so aware….light is key to everything….keep smiling:)

  3. kathryningrid

    LOVELOVELOVE this!!!! Fabulous views of the workspace, with even more spectacular images in progress!!!!!!!!!!!!! Almost broke my exclamation point key, but I hope you know how much I mean this.


  4. snowbird

    Ah yes….the intangible v the intellect….life is always a balancing act between the two. I do agree, all of life is interconnected, and we do all need to keep that in the forefront of our minds.
    I love your new large canvas, and the fact I see a tiger there, looking forward to seeing more! Your work is always so compelling and inspiring!
    Sadly, I’m with you on the willingness of the human species to self destruct…xxx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Dina, and thank you so much for this comment….We live in such a magnificent world – however, it would seem that much of the human species doesn’t see or recognise this…. Enjoy your day…Janet. xxx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Jayanthi….thank you so much…one of these days you will come here in person to see the work….meanwhile enjoy a lovely and creative weekend. Janet:)xx

  5. avenscent

    What have i been missing i have so much enjoyed the whole part of your site here janet your paintings are amazing i love the baby ones but i love so many of them and i feel i can learn so much from you.

      1. avenscent

        Thanks janet it is so lovely to be in touch again, you will be hearing from me quite a bit because i love your blog here i really enjoyed it you have put such a lot of work into it.XX

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.