Allowing answers to be revealed…….

it seems to me that we spend our lives trying to solve problems by looking at what seem like the  obvious solution.   For example, when painting a portrait it is quite common to see an artist struggling with one area of the face, let’s say the nose.     Back and forth we go adding and deleting paint, when often all that’s needed is a shadow next to the nose….and voila – the answer is revealed. 

In this instance, to reveal the calla lily, I have gone into the area surrounding it, or what we call the negative space…….


All the white in this image is dry white paper.


A Bientôt

40 thoughts on “Allowing answers to be revealed…….

  1. ShimonZ

    Oh how good it is to appreciate the negative space… for non artists too… they might think they were lost in a black hole, not realizing that if they move their attention just a few millimeters, they’ll discover a friendly nose. There’s hope for all of us. And a very good morning to you, my dear Janet.

  2. Bushka

    Too true….A point well illustrated in this post. Lateral viewing so essential….Watch those ‘negative spaces’…..Have a Super Day! Hugs! ❤

  3. First Night Design

    A beautiful study of one of my favourite flowers. Thinking of all the times you have talked about how you create your pieces, it seems to me that I should now be able to paint! Keep smiling. 🙂 xx

  4. Jen from MyAlternateUniv

    So true! Even in writing, when I find a piece feels lethargic and lifeless and I can’t seem to make it perfect, leaving stuff out becomes the key to giving the important thoughts room to breathe. Sometimes we try too hard to make something perfect by over-doing it, when really “less is more”. Thanks for the food for thought!! 🙂

  5. Katherine

    I suppose we need some kind of trust in life and its processes which school of the ordinary kind might take away.I would not like to my writing to be graded,passed or failed.If we move beyond that approach we can find something good.It’s a fine allegory as well as an art lesson.:)

  6. teagan geneviene

    Janet, you are as magical as your hummingbirds. I was “supposed to see this today.” As I struggle (for 3 years now) to relocate — never finding/learning what prevents me, this weekend it became clear to me. It’s been obvious that the obstacle is not me, my resume, or my skills. It’s akin to the shadow for the lily; not me but my “shadow”. I was rejected so many times that I no longer believe it’s possible. While you transformed the lily by adding a shadow, I need to “recolor” mine. Mega hugs!

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      You are so right – the shadow needs to be a different colour. Maybe one of the vibrant, creative, imaginative colours you love so much. Thank you. I look forward to hearing about all the new ideas that form. Janet:) xx


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