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Freedom to speak: what art has to say

There is such a strong sense of the task of painting not being quite “done” until it has found its rightful custodian; which will take exactly as long as it does (there can be no pushing it along) and there is often as much communication to be delivered by the layers of information that include “when” and “to whom” as by the actual process of painting it in the first place…

Shakti dance

When the feminine unfolds from winter’s tightest bud, she arrives without fanfare. Rather, she unfolds herself softly, tenderly yet with such high effect and beguiling rhythm, such blaze of colour and so very much light. Celebrating the tender boldness of long-awaited springtime…

The power of portraiture – transformation through art

This self-portrait had much to tell me…or so it turned out. As the process of honing it towards an ever more elusive completion stretched on over a non-typical span of painting time, I quickly realised that every hitch, hold up and frustration that it delivered carried its own perfection in what it had to show me about my relationship with myself…

What painting does

I wonder how much it is the case that the more we invest in our creations, the more others feel them. I do know that the lengthy process of cooercing an idea into form, as a painting, is tantamount to capturing a vibration on canvas for others to feel, along with all the high points of divine inspiration, which are stitched deep into its very fabric like seed pearls on an embroidered bodice…

Painting of newly emerged pink poppy full of light by Helen White in oil on canvas

Emerging through layers

The way those massive crumpled petals emerged from the velveteen pouch of the bud – butterfly-out-of-chrysalis-fashion – and, like reverse origami, unfurled themselves, held me transfixed. How I came to paint my latest work, Emergence…

Art full of radiance and light by Helen White

Shiny new art website

Because its so important, as an artist, to show off your full portfolio of available work, it can reach the point that your website looks like a mixed market stall of everything you’ve ever created for half a decade or more and, when you have those evolutionary bursts and your style changes, that can feel really cumbersome…

Art full of radiance and light by Helen White

Fragmented into wholeness

When we ‘see’ something, there is so much more going on that what our eyes take in and, when an artist paints their intention, they energetically connect with the viewer as well as connecting that viewer with an aspect of whatever it is that inspired them to create…