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Jay Roma Lamb Art

Art Feels Good

Art is adventure. It gives me a place to let go and trust life in  whatever  it’s offering in the moment; an open-hearted leap into the unknown. "Mistakes" are avenues leading to new lands, "disaster" is a door that just flung open. Every possible human emotion shows up; delicious pleasure, meditative quietude, frustration, bewilderment, fascination — all of it, and it's all within an very enjoyable context of adventure and discovery. Each finished piece is an expression and a record of one particular adventure.

Many artists endeavour to convey an idea through art, to stimulate commentary, perceptions and thinking in general. I’m usually more inclined to hope that whoever encounters the art relates to it through feeling. In one second art can communicate something far more significant through a silent feeling than can two hours of mental dissection. Nothing we can ever say or think about something will ever really capture what was experienced before we began speaking or thinking. The sound of rain ... just as it is ... clear, uninterpreted, true. There is so much beauty in life that asks nothing more from us than just being quietly aware.

The immense joy and intrigue I feel during the creative process leads directly to another very pleasant feeling: knowing that in the end, when the Flow is done with me for the moment, and on my easel sits a completed work, it will go out into the world and attract someone who resonates with it, and a beautiful relationship will begin, a love affair. The painting will become part of all that is loved in their life, a comforting and inspiring presence. I've seen this occur more than a few times and it brings me enormous pleasure. In this there is nothing more I can ask of art; the adventure, from initial inspiration to final resting, has been a gift.

Jay Roma Lamb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art is adventure. When art is expressing itself through me I often feel like I would if I absolutely, completely, unquestionably knew that I could not really die or be hurt, that I am essentially safe and can just go ahead and live this thing, full out. Art gives me a place to let go and trust life in whatever it’s offering in that moment; an open-hearted leap into the unknown. "Mistakes" are avenues, "disaster" is a door that just flung open. Art gives me a place where I can live how I believe we are all meant to live, how Life lives. Everything that can be, shows up; delicious pleasure, meditative quietude, frustration, bewilderment, fascination...all of it. The finished piece is an expression and a record of one particular adventure.

Many artists endeavor to convey an idea through art, to stimulate thinking. I’m far more inclined to hope that whoever encounters the art relates to it through feeling. In one second art can communicate something far more significant through a silent feeling than can two hours of mental dissection. This is not some strange, mystical experience; it’s the same quiet openness that allows you to see something beautiful in your lover’s eyes. Ever try to describe that? Nothing we can ever say or think will ever really capture what is there before we begin speaking or thinking. And yet that simple presecnce remains after we begin speaking or thinking. The sun never stops shining, even on a cloudy day.

As an artist, I am creating from a place that is for the most part, beyond mind and thinking; the creative Flow is impeded if mind is given control. The same clear simplicity that allows art to unfold will allow anyone encountering the art to receive what it offers. . Each of us will have a unique experience of art but it is the secret wish of many an artist that something beyond mind be communicated.

I take great joy in the possibility that in the end, when the Flow is done with me for the moment, the art will attract someone who resonates with it deeply and a beautiful relationship will begin, a love affair. The painting will become part of all that is loved in their life, a comforting and inspiring presence. I have seen this occur on occasion and it brings me enormous pleasure. In this there is nothing more I can ask of art; the adventure, from initial inspiration to final resting, has been a gift.

Jay Roma Lamb