Painting Emotion

Painting Emotion – connecting with the human condition


I express myself by painting emotion. When I look around, I see a lot more negativity in the world these days. So my aim is to offset the negativity by painting happy themes with vibrant colors. It’s important to remember that we are constantly bombarded with news that seems to focus on the negativity (sensationalism). Now more than ever, we must monitor what we take in or experience in the world around us. Probably why I don’t watch news on TV, but rather select what I read from trusted sources just to keep up with what is going on. One of my news sources is GOOD NEWS, because it’s all about balance!


painting emotion
painting emotion

So why this?

I wondered this myself. Why did I want to sketch something so sad when the world already has enough sadness? I think it’s because I wanted to make the connection. Oftentimes when we read, or see something we almost don’t even connect with the pain and suffering. Many of us have become so desensitized by the constant bombardment of horrific details on a daily basis. Well, for me when I saw this photograph, it stopped me and brought me to tears. The despair and sorrow so clear, so piercing that I felt compelled to draw it. Sometimes you just have to get out of your own way and do it.


Don’t over analyze

I sketched this with conte stick in a matter of an hour or so, it’s small only and 8″ x 10″. Obviously I wasn’t concerned with perfection, just the connection. Originally I wanted this to be a more colorful abstract, but then sometimes what you intend and what you get are two different things. I decided that less or no color, helped to connect to the emotion she was feeling. Not sure, what do you think? Normally I spend hours sketching even when its this small, but I literally just wanted to get the basics in and not go crazy blending. The idea being – the eyes make us feel what she is going through. It is that connection to the human spirit that no words can ever convey.


painting emotion in works


Well my friends, I have several other “joyful” works that are complete and on the website, but I still need to write-up the posts about them. Seriously, I need another lifetime to create all that I feel these days.


This art available at Saatchi Art


Love, – and don’t forget to hug someone today – like you mean it!

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  1. I think you captured this very well Deb. I particularly like how you added the tear in the same color as the background. I read the news online at work and most of the time I am thinking FFS!!! It goes from the sublime to the ridiculous and WTF!! I haven’t tried painting people yet. Still getting to grips with plants, landscapes and other inanimate objects. 🙂

    1. Hi Arlene, thank you for your input. I wondered if anyone was going to key in on the tears like that, so thanks! Yeah, the news is pretty crazy these days, unbelievable! And yes, a lot of WTF moments!!! I sure hope things will get better SOON!

    1. Thank you Inese, good to know that her feelings are perceptible.

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