My process starts with an engaging idea about internal or external nature, which I explore through a series of acrylic paintings.
View from Here series
The “View from Here” is a joyful examination of landscape and still life painting. The current Views are from my new experience of Digby and Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. These landscape paintings ground me in my new Maritime environment.
Love and Knowledge series
“Love and Knowledge” is a series that considers how compassion results from a deep understanding of the transient nature of reality. This work is an exploration in the attitudes of loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity.
The image that inspired this piece had all heads down as if in prayer.
I wanted them to be jubilant and shimmery, as well as representing all people.
I first made a beautiful under painting in jewel colors, set the painting aside for several months and then added all the texture and scribbles.
We are all in this together. (And none of us are getting out alive.)
“Stirred by readings on current developments in Western science and Eastern philosophy, I produced a group of paintings that consider how compassion results from a deep knowing about the nature of reality. The more we know, the more we are compelled to see ourselves as belonging to one of many species on this planet and to wish, more than anything, to develop the qualities of loving kindness, compassion, empathic joy and equanimity.”
This is the second version of Equanimity. The image came out of the 100 Drawings challenge I did with fellow artist Merritt Ireland. This one has a Celestial feel to it. Equanimity is my go-to safety word that keeps drama out of my life.
I was needing to throw some paint, scratch it out, and release some energy. Then I saw the face and made it purposeful.
Now I feel like I’m getting a sense of awareness of awareness.
I admire artists who use drippy wet paint in their work and spent a few canvases practicing before I came up with this.
At first there were no face-like elements, until suddenly, there they were.
I love the emergence taking place in this piece.
See more of Arlene Dubo’s work at her website. http://www.arlenedubostudio.com/