I didn't think twice before starting my ''Moonlight'' painting series. I was pretty much confident in what I wanted my next series to be all about. It was the first thing that popped into my head and just like a lot of other things in my life, I led with my heart.
My work is usually full of emotion, crammed with memories, and dense with hope. I think the reason I decided on the art of creativity based on the light of the moon was exactly this. I feel like the subtle light depicted by the moon, so soft, so timid, having the power to glow so wonderfully, is a lot like human life and emotion.
My first painting in the series, ''I lit up'', is an expression of those cute feelings I experience when I encounter and embrace the little things in life. Those feelings that make my heart warm, that contain all kinds of happiness that a million dollars can't equate. The curiosity that sparks within me when I land in a new country and just so excited and nervous at the same time about what I may come across. As I step out of the plane and experience the weather condition of this new place, it gives me a different kind of thrill. A kind of rush and wonderment on what this area is all about, what kind of people are out here, whether they also enjoy ice-cream as that's important to me, if they will welcome me with a big smile or an annoyed stare. No matter what though I was there to adventure and be a part of their culture.
Giving a hug to anyone I haven't seen in ages, who I did truly miss, also makes my heart skip a beat. All those special memories come gushing back and you feel like a minute hasn't passed since the last time you saw each other, because you love them exactly the same. As I grow older and older, I realize the importance of these meaningful relationships full of affection, that nothing else can quiet compare. As teenagers, we all wait to grow older and build lives for ourselves full of freedom and just being ALONE, but once we're there, we begin to yearn for the company of people who care for us unconditionally. It's just so crucial in just so many ways.
My second painting (second being the order I painted them in), dives into how I analyze this spectacular phenomenon, that is the light of the moon. Numerous late night walks by the beach with the moon just staring down at me made me wonder if the way to the moon was indeed the light and if so, how do I get there. Not that I wanted to land on the moon or anything like that, but more like how do I reach this feeling of 'infinity and beyond', a place where nobody knows who I am or what I exist for. Mostly to feel different, to find a part of me that just couldn't possibly be found if I simply stayed put here on Earth. When I was in Art School, a lot of my little Art studies were based on trying to discover this alternate space, a place where words didn't make sense, emotions unborn, the skies were flipped and cruelty was unknown. So to me, the light was my tunnel to complete bliss....now to just try to break it down, understand it enough to row my boat across towards it.
My final painting from the Moonlight Series, ''Moon Warming'', is me throwing a spin on the coolness of the night sky, the soothing sensation of the air around us, by bringing in some heat, some energy, some zest and blaze. As you may have guessed, I extracted the title ''Moon Warming'' from the concept of housewarming of course. Just like you celebrate a new home and all things associated with it like getting married, kids being born, having friends over, late-night movie nights, mothers forgetting to turn the stove off, fathers reading newspapers by the little window, just tons and tons of memories that are made along with the purchase of a new home. Similarly, with the ''Moon Warming'' painting, I wanted to bring in a new dimension to the coolness of the moon, brighting it up into something closer to daylight when my thoughts are slightly happier as compared to the overthinking that happens late at night (I'm sure many can relate to this). Not only do I want to make the light emitted by the moon more joyful but also just mix it up a bit. That's another one of my hobbies, flipping, wavering and yeah just..bringing in a contemporary dynamic to things.
I just have a special liking for the night sky, something that reminds me that it's the end of the day, no matter how the day went, it's done, and a new day awaits. Fresh starts, blessed to see another day... the light of the moon is that little spark of hope.