The Story Behind the Painting Ruby Chard Two & Its Significance
Ruby Chard Two was inspired by the colorful and contrasting colors of the vegetable garden. A vibrant patch of ruby chard called to me one summer as I strolled through a large public garden in Colorado. I was almost irresistibly drawn to it. As I photographed these plants, their vibrant and joyful spirit spoke to me leaving an impression as it created a lasting connection.
They spoke of life as being natural, wild and untamed which was not how I was feeling at the time. And though they don't always use words to communicate, the translation is something like: "Why align to the long-held and erroneous projections of others in favor of self and true self-expression? Live up to your own expectations. Break loose and shed the confining skin. Your light will otherwise remain dim. Leave the expectations, judgments, and negativity of others behind and you'll live FREE as an embodied expression of the true self. That is what the Creator intended."
This was a message I needed to receive at the time, yet it would be several years before I'd create the painting. It can take time to fully accept and integrate what we know is true on deeper levels especially if it's a key life lesson. To make this work of art I had to be ready to embody its message. The fact that it even came to me meant that I was ready to receive it at a deeper level than before. If you're reading this, it means you are too.
As an artist, I perceive the world as beautiful. I perceive an endless depth of intelligence as color. It's super-alive, moving, and fluid. Ruby Chard Two begins to capture this in a way that's a departure from my earlier work. Using mostly translucent watercolors, with a tiny bit of gouache on hot press (smooth) watercolor paper the painting emerged. I love its psychedelic overtones. It invites an exploration of the otherworldly while keeping a foot in 3D.
Ruby Chard Two creates space for us to stretch out in and just BE. Its keywords are WILD and FREE. It invites us to burst out of long-held, stifling concepts and ideas that keep us small and well behaved, as in behavioral management. The intelligent and orderly cooperation that life forms take on when free to evolve naturally is stunningly perfect. The energy around this painting and its creation speaks to this and asks; What would happen if we drilled down deeply into our authentic selves and lived from there? Where would that land us? The correct answer is, no one knows. It's about being present to the mystery of life as it's unfolding.
Plant-life is highly intelligent and honest about its existence. The flowers can't distort themselves. They can remain relatively wild even in cultivated gardens and they have a lot to teach us about maintaining this stance. For instance, regarding our ability to perceive the truth, Ruby Chard Two tells me the restrictions we experience visually are based upon what we think, not what we would see if we removed the filters.
In other words, our thinking mind gets in the way of what we see. It can obscure our sight, and therefore our understanding of what's in front of us. Ruby Chard Two invites us to dissolve the veil and see the beauty all around us.
Ruby Chard Two, Special Edition Print is available in my online store.