in the eye of the beholder…

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30/08/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

I would have to say I am feeling quite amazed at the moment…very pleasantly amazed.

When I began this project I made the decision not to explain the meanings behind my paintings (at least not publicly). This resolution was made for a two important reasons. Firstly it was to protect the trust relationship that I have with my inspiree – that I will not expose that which I know of someone for my own gain. Secondly I wanted the viewer to read into the painting what they wished.

Every time I finish a painting, I upload a scan of it to a peer review website paintingsilove.com. I have received two comments – over the last day, from people I do not know – about Canvas #4: Hope Riseth, which I find very encouraging:

“Yes this does portray hope, and the risen Christ to me, I am not usually a fan of abstract because I am too dense to understand them, but I really feel that I understand and see the deeper meaning in this study. Anne”

“Nice colours and the path of hope through Christ. Well done Sarah”

The amazing thing – to me – is that I did not set out (nor complete) this work with the intention of pointing the viewer toward a Christ-centred theme. Looking objectively at the piece, I can see how folks could interpret the painting that way, and that is just awesome.

Part of my challenge-to-self is to create pieces that inspire viewers to reach into the painting and pull out meaning. It appears I am on my way…in generally the right direction!

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2 thoughts on “in the eye of the beholder…

  1. Tammara says:

    I’m extremely pleased to uncover this website. I wanted to thank you for ones time for this wonderful read!! I definitely really liked every part of it and I have you book-marked to look at new things in your site.

    • Sarah says:

      You are most welcome Tammara! I am glad that you have found enjoyment from my thoughts on this blog site, and thank you for your feedback. All the best, Sarah.

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