Margaret Ann Missman


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Fires of Life

#6. Fires of Life

30"x24" 5/98 Oil on Canvas

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This one builds upon "Parties". It symbolizes the spark of life that is in everything, the joy of being alive, molecular activity, etc.

This one followed immediately after "Parties", like a 2-part art class. While I was doing "Parties", I had an overwhelming urge to paint a new canvas solid blue. And it had to be this very particular blue. So I did that, and it sat there for a couple of days while I finished "Parties". I didn’t know what else was going onto this blue, or if it was finished or what.

As soon as I finished "Parties", I turned my attention to this blue canvas. I suddenly knew it was to have flames of red on it. So I began to paint squiggly red lines on it, which looked dumb. So I started to walk away in confusion, when I heard in my head voices saying "Arcs of light, arcs of light" and saw in my head these beautiful arcs. And I again I got the name of the painting, and its meaning. It went quickly and I had a lot of fun, using the "spots of paint" technique.

 

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