One of the many things I am thankful for are the wide array of interesting people I have met and friendships that have developed through social media outlets….people whose paths I may not have otherwise crossed. I have found it to be an educational, supportive, enjoyable and heartwarming experience.
One such person I met a couple of years ago was David White, a fellow interior designer in Canada who also shares in my passion for painting art.
A late night conversation evolved into an agreement for an artist swap of each other’s work, something which neither of us had done before. I first meet David on twitter and it later progressed to facebook where I began to learn a little more about him. Although it would have been easy to just send him a piece of art from my current inventory, I had an inner tug to paint something for him that was significant to who he was.
I came to discover, that in addition to being a passionate designer and artist, David was a big guy with a big heart who gave of himself selflessly in participation for many worthwhile causes. The word “Community” came to mind and a concept for a painting was born.
The artist process for creating a painting differs for many. For myself it tends to be somewhat intuitive. Sometimes I will start a background with one direction in mind but later find myself going in a totally different direction. My painting “Community” is a perfect example. When I started the background, I actually had set out to experiment with a “universe theme” requested by my son and was inspired by the many “Nebula” photos I had been seeing on Pinterest.
Once a background is finished, I often let the canvas sit around for a least a few days and let it “speak” to me and guide me on how I want to proceed. On this particular piece, I began to see shapes and stories take form and I soon realized this would become the “Community” painting I would develop for my new friend. It is not unusual for me to start a painting with one direction in mind that turns out to be something totally different!
“Community” by Terri Davis
I favor paintings that are suggestive and allow the viewer freedom to complete the story from their own unique perspective. As this painting progressed, many stories started to come to life. New stories continue to develop as I view this piece.Not everyone will see the same stories as I.
That is what makes art so fascinating for me.
The original is now in Canada with its rightful new owner. It is a tribute to those who come out from their comfort zone to help those in need. I highly encourage anyone living in the Toronto area to give David White a call if they are needing help with their interior, kitchen or bath.
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