Golden Sunday

January 19, 2014

I like the thought of a snowball rolling down the hill picking up layers of snow and growing.

I have a dear friend, Joanne, who is wonderfully artistic, and thru her I met new wonderfully artistic friends Nadine and Renee and Tammie, and a new challenge. The challenge to depict a word as an image.

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You know, sometimes I think it’s strange how some people link being creative to some mysterious, spiritual commodity. I mean like being somehow in tune with a god, or a muse or having some extraordinary genetics with which to paint, to write or dance. And I must admit it’s the first thing I thought of when I read the word “numen”. A divine creativity, a guiding force, a spirit guiding my hand on the paper.

But I don’t think that numen means anything like that to me. I like to think of it as a creative genius laying in wait inside all our hearts, whether we paint or dance or write or manage a mean turn of double Dutch with the skipping rope. (Don’t laugh, it’s hard)

I think it all hinges on every day rituals, repetition and quantity. It depends on the daily getting out there and dancing, or skipping or whatever takes your fancy and soon numen starts to manifest.


The snowball is rolling right now and I’m really enjoying my work. The more I turned the word over in my mind the more I felt flight and freedom and gold and music, so I tried to put those elements together in one image.

I love the falling apart music note papers that I can break up and collage without feeling guilty for tearing them up. I also love vintage images for compositions; that’s where the idea for these swallows came from. (Because sometimes I get in the mood for immediate gratification and don’t want to look up what I want to draw and sketch it first and twist it around into positions and take all day about it.)
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But most of all, it’s so satisfying to paint something which means so much freedom to me. And I already love this image as much as I love Sanctuary.

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And, unlike most of the paintings which get stuck into a drawer somewhere, I think this one might hang around the house for a while. 🙂

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Art: 10″ X 14″ paper collage on sturdy card, painted in acrylics, with India ink, gold powder and postage stamps.

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  • Reply Tammie January 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    so lovely to read your thoughts on the word and meaning of numen. it has touched us all in similar and unique ways. Such a wonderful exploration. I love your flight of birds, the freedom mixed with golden hues.

    Thank you for joining us!

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Hi Tammie, thank you so much for the kind invitation; I loved joining in and hope there will be more opportunities. Thank you for hosting. 🙂

  • Reply Renee Dowling January 19, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    You are so right… words of wisdom! You should keep that art on display. Surround yourself in things you love and create! Be proud of what you do!

    Your house looks like a dream! Lucky cat!

    I love cats and birds. Thanks for mentioning me as a new artistic friend. I also love to use old music in my art! I have collected postage stamps since I was a little girl and am waiting for the right art piece to use them in.

    It is so nice to meet you!

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:23 am

      So nice to meet you too Renee. I love meeting like-minded friends. Now I have to go find some more of your art. 🙂

  • Reply Pondside January 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Par Avion – how beautiful!

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:21 am

      🙂 Thank you so much. 🙂

  • Reply sus January 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Such a free-flight of fancy collage, Veronica! I love the combination of the sheet music, the birds, the gold and the delicate balloon. Really nice!
    and nice to meet you, too!

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Hello Susan, thank you so much. Looking forward to popping over to your site and getting to know you. 🙂

  • Reply Joanne January 19, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I love this composition! It is filled to the brim with light, air and a sense of freedom.
    It looks great in the gilded frame too!

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Thank you so much sweetie. 🙂

  • Reply Marian January 20, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Beautiful…. I feel your flight! You should hang it near a door to see as you leave the room or house! mx

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Thank you so much Marian. That’s a great idea! How are you doing in the New Year? I’ll pop over and catch up. 🙂

  • Reply tanïa January 20, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I love your swallows!! What a beautiful collage and drawing that brings so many different associations to my mind! I can hear the sounds of music, wind, of the swallows and a letter to be opened…and the golden colour reminds me of a golden early morning sky… 🙂

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Hi Tania, thank you so much. I’m so glad you left your addy because now I can come visit you. 🙂

      • Reply tanïa January 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm

        Nick Bantock? Really?? I have three examples of the Griffin and Sabine Book Serial and you can’t imagine how much I love them!!! 🙂

  • Reply georgeplace2013DebiSwim January 20, 2014 at 2:10 am

    I love the way you’ve expressed what numen means to you and I’ve learned a new word 🙂
    “It depends on the daily getting out there and dancing, or skipping or whatever takes your fancy and soon numen starts to manifest.” Keep on dancing and skipping cause I love what comes out of it!

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Hi Debi, thank you so much. Am about to get back to the dancing. 🙂

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn January 20, 2014 at 4:37 am

    This one struck me deeply Veronica – like someone shining a torch with a warm golden light into a deep and fragile and special part of me, and saying ‘hello you’re nice’ – thank you as I take this soft quiet feeling into my afternoon and approach it subtly differently because of you X

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Aw, thank you so much Catherine. So glad I can make a difference in your day. Much love. x

  • Reply Paula - Buenos Aires January 20, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Daffodils! My favourite flower after we lived in the UK as they meant spring like no other.
    Lovely work, so elegant.

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

      I love daffodils too Paula. And especially in England in the spring. This year I left E and the dafs were about three inches tall already. It’s wonderful how they naturalise everywhere. Here in Van I lose many from year to year and have to replant, but wouldn’t be without them. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v January 20, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Veronica, thank you for the new word and the beautiful images! I have always loved swallows and to pair them with a hot air balloon is brilliant!! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Hi Sara, thank you. 🙂 That is a good word, isn’t it? Let’s try to be like children and use it as much as possible. 🙂

  • Reply renilde January 20, 2014 at 7:10 am

    yes Veronica,i believe i see what you mean, the need we feel to create, the challenge and rewarding it brings, i feel the happiness of creating in your work and also the freedom,keep it on that wall ! x

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Hi Renilde, thank you so much. I’m glad you left me your website addy because now I can come visit you. 🙂

  • Reply woolf January 20, 2014 at 9:57 am

    that is a beauty, infused with the very lightness you proclaim.
    wonderful composition, really.
    swallows are dear to my heart. i used to watch the ones in my auntie’s house, they were made of ceramics, and they hung in a trio from a through wall…
    your collage reminds me of that childhood memory, so cheers!

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Thank you so much Nadine. I love swallows too. In the summer they would nest under the eves of my father’s cabin and soar over the lake. 🙂

  • Reply Diane January 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    This painting is unique and special and took my breath away. Never let it go.

  • Reply Norma January 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    The gold frame chosen really sets it off. As I sit here the golden glow of the afternoon sun is highlighting a corner of the room and so I am particularly enjoying golden glow, in the sun itself, and in your painting collage. Beautiful feeling behind this one. Norma 😀

  • Reply Christie January 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Numen – I like it! In fact, I’ve written your definition in my quote journal. And I love your painting! A perfect pairing.

  • Reply Barbara January 22, 2014 at 1:35 am

    I really enjoyed your thoughts about Numen and the result in this golden glowing collage is very tempting and I think it was a good descision to hang it.
    Nice to meet you!
    Barbara Bee

  • Reply daryl January 23, 2014 at 5:54 am

    you are so talented … truly … i am envious .. i wish i could draw …

    • Reply Veronica January 23, 2014 at 6:23 am

      Thank you so much Daryl. 😀

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