Journey Upstream

“Do you listen to your unique navigation system that longs to bring you home? Like salmon and their amazing journey from river to ocean then back to the exact same river again to die. Traveling upstream takes trust and perseverance, uncomfortable at times though necessary to reach new levels. Yes, I ponder these things while I paint. I do! Deep diving happens in the painting process and it’s one of my most favorite things! This painting opened the door to a fresh path that I’m now exploring in series. I love it when that happens.

As this piece progressed, the upward movement within the composition beckoned ‘journey’. Fluid drips of paint amidst the calm blue greys of watery misty stone with a central path of flipping, warm color-fueled line and shape. And to attain this, I have to skillfully work quickly with the acrylics to keep the gradations fresh and especially to allow the rhythm of the painting to flow and not to become too thought out. I am a playful innovator. Patient too, as the layers need to dry a bit before fresh paint is applied. And the finishing touches can come as a sudden flash of what’s needed. Such as within this piece, I’d nearly completed it with brush work though knew it needed more. Coming back later to it, I improvised and used a scraper tool to achieve bold thin lines that added the punch the painting needed. I use intuition and that allows for unique choices, in paint and in life. How many journeys do we embark on before we realize they’re important life changers? I like to remind myself that any journey, adventure or technique can be a pivotal one and I like to live within presence so I can savor that. ” – Patty Ripley on Journey Upstream, available at The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC

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