Oil on paper with deckled edges
7.75 by 5.5 inches unframed
Original artwork © by Sunny Goode 2022
I began this series of "LOVE" paintings as a mindless and simple exercise to overcome a paralyzing creative block during and following a major emotional trauma in my life.
This was truly an exercise to nudge me to mix color, use a brush, and fill in lines, similar to that of an injured athlete learning to walk again. One step at a time, quiet, like a meditation. Creating without thinking, just staying inside the lines. I allowed myself no judgement or self-criticism of color combinations or letter placement during this process.
I thought about this and wondered, if I painted letters to a word on a canvas, not in any particular order, would you still see the word? I chose to work small so I would not feel overwhelmed. Choosing the letters L O V E helped address my particular trauma.
The placement of the letters did not need to make sense because I knew and felt they represented the word LOVE. In the very essence of pure lines, simple color, orderless and scrambled letters, I always saw LOVE. Then, in a moment of clarity, with all of these squares stacked on top of each other, I saw the word EVOLVE. I could not think of anything but the realization that in order to LOVE one must EVOLVE, and in order to EVOLVE one must be open to LOVE.
LOVE is not linear, it is upside down, backwards, sideways, crooked, and when it is real, it can be seen and felt in pure simple lines, simple colors. Simply love.
I am eternally grateful for this journey--and the darkness. Without the darkness, I would not have found this light that is guiding me daily.
LOVE EVOLVES US ALL. xo/sunny