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A bit of prose came to me while I was painting in silence with no music, no audiobook, no TV. I figured I'd better write it down before someone else does :) It also named the painting for me.
Color is a Language

Sometimes it’s clear and succinct; sometimes it’s thick and muddy
Sometimes it’s thin and wispy and floats through the air, sometimes it sets up like concrete
Sometimes it’s sacred, sometimes profane
Sometimes it’s pure and delicate like a toddler in a pinafore
Sometimes it’s a drag queen at 3 AM walking to their car.
Sometimes it’s the cold light of day; sometimes the warm fire of sunset.
Sometimes it’s earth, churning it’s refuse into rich, life-giving nutrients,
Sometimes it’s light through a prism revealing its glorious bands of rainbow.
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I have a new painting titled "Lifting Clouds" and it's a nice companion piece to "Higher Vibration". Both painting are vertical, textured and painted on 18x36 inch canvases that are 1.5 inches deep. The textures are different, "Lifting Clouds" has an impasto texture made with a palette knife, and the sides are finished with smooth brushwork. "Harmonic Vibrations" has a surface created from acrylic mediums and sand, and this texture is continued around the sides.  Both paintings have a similar compositional approach with elements from my "Points of Light" series of paintings, and both have an upward movement with lighter colors.  The whiter colors move through the chromatic passages like clouds of bright dust in a Nebula. "Vibration" is more on the surface with denser whites and tiny geometric forms that anchor the viewer on the surface, "Clouds" has more suggestion of depth as the clouds move in front of and behind each other.

Here is a video of the two side by side.
"Higher Vibration" and "Lifting Clouds" original paintings by Sally Trace - YouTube
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I sometimes hear artist friends speak about losing their connection to their muse, or their inspiration. I think this can happen when an artist is over-thinking what it is to be an artist.

I do have advice for my friends who are feeling disconnected from their inspiration, advice which comes from my own experiences:

Stop looking at art on the internet and go to an art museum. There is a lot of amateur art on the internet and that's OK, but we don't have to fill our minds with it. We artists who make a living by selling our art online find ourselves observing art that is displayed online, and it's not always good. Give yourself a break from it. It only affects us if we give our attention to it. Stop filling your mind with internet chatter.

Step away from the screen and go to one of the great halls and spend a day among the masters who have gone before us. These are our ancestors, our elders. If we spend time in their presence, in the presence of their art, they will fill our spirit with the greatness of creation, and they will then join us when we make our art. All we have to do is ask.

People may think it's crazy, but when inspiration is flowing so beautifully, if we are sensitive to it, we can feel our elders who are joining us in the experience of creation. When a painting seems to paint itself, that is because we have help from those who have gone before. This is the deeply emotional experience we all long for, the most wonderful way to be in the flow of creation, to connect with our own unique and singular, unto all of creation, ability to make things of beauty that no one else can make.

That to me is the purest and most delightful inspiration, to be "In Spirit" and connected to the source of all beauty.....the author of all things.
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So very grateful to wake up to two identical orders of "Daydream" canvas prints this morning, one on my website, one on Etsy and each set is going to a completely different part of the world. It's amazing.
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 I've been very busy with commissions for the last nine months or so, so my new originals that were in progress had to sit on the shelf. I love to paint commissions for people. It's very soothing for me to have been paid for a work of art before it's even started. So I just stay in my home studio with music or TV or audiobooks and paint away. It's lovely, cozy, happy. But the call of new creations that want to come to life is always right beneath the surface, waiting to explode forth with fresh new energy.

This piece is called "Harmonic Vibrations" because I love to think about the vibrational nature of the universe...how all matter is energy vibrating at different frequencies. We all know how it feels when our world is vibrating in a harmonic way, and we know how it feels when our world is vibrating in a discordant way.

Harmony always feels wonderful, but life has a way of taking the discordant times, like those 9th and 11th chords that vibrate on the outer edges of harmony and sometimes just spill over into chaos, and uses those experiences to allow us to forge a future that benefits from the powerful asking for improvement that happens during times of discord.
So it's all good.....but I still prefer harmony.
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"Nebula 35" This is one of my many "Nebula" space paintings that shows fluid, expanding or explosive color, as you might see were it possible to be inside a nebula. This image is all high key, light colors. Not included is the dark background of outer space, but intense, bright color throughout.

There is a textured underpainting beneath the surface paint...I'll include some close-up images.

I opted to continue the painting around the sides of this canvas. I'll include images of the sides as well. Please let me know if you need additional images. I no longer show my art in person, but only on the internet. I'm always happy to provide additional photographs and even videos of my paintings should a potential collector need more imagery.

The canvas is wrapped around a heavy duty, 1.5 inch deep canvas. The canvas itself is a heavier gauge and has a thick application of paint.

A signed certificate of authenticity is provided to the buyer. This original painting is signed on the front, signed and titled on the back, wired and ready to hang.

© Sally Trace, all rights reserved. No reproduction is permitted without written authorization. Thank you for respecting my copyright.
Giclee prints on canvas will be made available.
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My original oil painting "High Sierra" sold many years ago. I've made it available as giclee prints on canvas.
I created this original oil painting in 1999. I wanted to make a painting that expressed an exquisite feeling of solitude, but instead I think I made a painting that is about a figure in harmony with her environment. Available as a giclee print.
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