Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Secret Angel

Secret Angel
Mixed media painting on 11 x 14 inch canvas

Something has shifted in me. It always seems to happen when I have a period of apparent creative drought. It's like I can't see clearly, as though I'm trying to see what to paint through a fog. I actually created some artwork recently that was so bad (to me), I had to cover it immediately with another painting!

And then, suddenly, the fog lifts and my mind is flooded with images that want to be expressed on canvas. Suddenly, all seems to flow again. And the feeling while I paint - extremely satisfying and at the same time wanting more, more, more...

After my last painting (click here to see) my wonderful friend, Renate (Put a little magic in your life) bluntly told me to get out of my own way and cut loose. I am not sure if I am cutting loose entirely, but something certainly has changed and my painting feels unstuck, like it grew wings all of a sudden. Thank you, Renate, for that kick in the behind!!

I'm so grateful that I get to lead a creative life!! And that I get to share it with all of you - that truly is the icing on the cake!


  1. Ah Silke, I laughed when I read your post because we are so alike in many ways. When I get lost in that 'fog' is usually when I was trying to create with my head vs heart. That moment where I try to control the output vs letting go. And boy can you see the difference! Hee hee! I should post those pics of things created with my head. Yikes. You know the funny thing is your angel looks a bit like you. And love that Renate gave you a kick. Anne is my 'kicker'. Her and those boots of hers....

  2. LOVE her Silke! WOW!!!!
    Yep, sometimes you just have to shut the brain off and paint...let it happen, follow along.
    I think this is exceptional~~more, more!!!
    And I'm with Elena; I think she looks like you too.


  3. I really like your painting. One of the things I like best is that she looks like Your painting-your style of face-not anyone elses.

  4. Mega-Beautiful Silke..I love her OPEN energy..she feels different to me too..and there is a wonderful freeing feeling she embodies..! I love when paintings flow like that..and lead the way..thanks for sharing your super powerful experience! and so lovely your friend helped you!
    HUgs and Blessings..she is totally divine and there is such a different inner glow and vibe to her..she is pure-radiance. thanks for sharing her!

  5. silke, what seems different to me is the expression of your most recent women: there is a caution, a gentle hope and reserve on their faces, that makes them even more realistic and emotionally deeper. we all know there are joys and valleys in life, and i think you have begun to capture that. i like this woman. i would want to know her


  6. oh silke, she is
    powerful & real & ethereal..
    love the colors,
    love how faint her white wing & glow is,...
    so soft & yet so strong..
    ..yes! isn't it fascinating from drought to inspiration/oh to trust our process..i sooo

  7. Silke I saw this in your sidebar the other day and of course loved it! So I was excited when I saw it was the topic of this post today so I could hear the story behind it! I certainly see you evolving with this piece. It is lovely. The colors are incredible! She is great!

    You know I can relate to how you feel and it inspires me to see you work through it and let go! :)

  8. Dearest Silke, LOVE this serene angel...she will sit on my shoulder today, I have a feeling! I also wanted to say thank you for the lovely comments on my blog and also that I read & love everything you write but I often have trouble posting a comment. I am able to write, but when I click post, it is wiped off! Very frustrating. I just wanted you to know that you're not forgotten or ignored by me...I hope this one works! xox Rachel (Mozart's Girl)

  9. What a good friend to give you such honest advice. I get stagnant with writing, sometimes, too, and then I do this little exercise that seems to relax my brain into just writing what I feel instead of overthinking it.

    I set a timer for 15 minutes and then I pick three genres to write in...

    For the first fifteen minutes I write like crazy in the first one, second fifteen minutes I do the same thing, etc.

    I don't know if this would work with what you do. It's just a free for all with words flying everywhich way and horrible grammar and spelling.

    When I'm done, it laugh and it feels like the spell of 'sameness' is broken for awhile!

    Hope your shift leads you to a place of more fulfillment.

    And I know you didn't say that's a self portrait but it looks like one to me. Interesting.

  10. What a lovely fresh piece - one of my favourites of yours, for sure !

  11. Well, Silke - I sure didn't mean to kick you - just wanted to give you a little push.
    I can see more Misty inspiration here - but it is definitely your painting and it is grand. Keep going!

  12. what an expression, she's a beauty silke. i think she looks a bit like you. and such a large canvas. enjoy your week dear.

  13. Cut loose more often, Silke! Your angel is fabulous! Theresa

  14. I really do not know how you do these painting - they all have such emotion painted into their beautiful faces. Silke - I think this lovely angel looks like YOU also - I really do. I love her "quiet - thinking" mood. She is amazing~~