Margaret Ann Missman

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Fires of Life

#6. Fires of Life

30"x24" 5/98 Oil on Canvas



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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