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"Ebony and Harmony" -thoughts behind the painting

maëry lanahan

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"Ebony and Harmony" -thoughts behind the painting
This painting is a diagram of energy being regulated.  It is a glimpse into the invisible world of natural justice. 

"Lydia's Gaze"- thoughts behind the painting

maëry lanahan

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"Lydia's Gaze"- thoughts behind the painting

 

“Cut open to the Glory. The poignant insides that claim me. The loyalty that erupts. When she looks at me I want to be my best self.”


"After the Questions Have Been Answered"- thoughts behind the painting

maëry lanahan

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"After the Questions Have Been Answered"- thoughts behind the painting
I played life sized chess with my daughter and her little friend this weekend, and if we stood in the middle of the knee high pieces, we could barely see the game at all.   We got disoriented and really confused about what was happening in the game. I had to scoot us back to the outside of the board so we could see it like we normally do.  From the edge, looking over all the pieces in order to explore our options.  
The sentiment of this painting is from the same idea.  The moving parts get so complicated, that we can only make sense of it after it is complete.  

"A Daring Convince" -thoughts behind the painting

maëry lanahan

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"A Daring Convince" -thoughts behind the painting

Sometimes words are told to convince me. They take shape and pierce through my assumptions. They prod my intellect. They mush my brain around. I can change because of them. I can be different than I am right now. A riverbed changes with the seasons as the water rushes and trickles. There is a rhythm to change.  It happens all the time around us.  But when you speak to me, the average amount of change amps up and you convince me of what I never thought possible.


"To Prune + Build"-thoughts behind the painting

maëry lanahan

"To Prune + Build"-thoughts behind the painting

I recently finished a piece called "To Prune + Build" and I have to say sometimes I really 'follow the muse'.  This is a story where this happened almost every step of the way.  I started out dark and with some movement in mind, and the process of building up form and then taking it away by rubbing paint off with an old rag, or just completely painting over it.  I started playing with light and capturing some kind of flower bud shape.  But then I played with the idea of a flat blue, coming up the the surface.  Blocking...