Let Art Be Your Voice and Giveaway

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Art in your home is your voice. It gives you the opportunity to say how you feel and conveys your family's personality in the home...fun images with bright colors may give your home a sense of fun, art with bold contemporary style sets the tone of boldness and peaceful images give your home a peaceful feeling. Our home has a mixture of religious art and art that speaks to our personalities and history. We have a touristy picture of Switzerland hanging up because my husband spent some time in Switzerland. We have a picture of a bicyclist in Virginia in bright colors because we like biking, I spent my college years in Virginia, and it reminds me of where I've been and that my life moves forward like the cyclist. We have religious pictures of Jesus and temples in our home because it reminds us of our faith, love of God and gives us a sense of peace and reminds us of our faith and testimonies of our beliefs. 

We recently added "The Gate" by Jenedy Paige to our home. This picture gives me a sense of peace and hope. Christ is sitting at the gate guarding his sheep from predators and other dangers. It reminds me that Christ is there to help me in my life as well as my family's life. I like the realism in this picture and it represents peace and a feeling of hope. It also gives you the sense of worth that Christ has for us. Christ as the shepherd is guarding and protecting his sheep. His sheep mean something to him and it's worth protecting and looking after. The sheep also chose to go in this strong fence with the shepherd and our looking toward him for guidance and direction. This piece says many things without a word. The image conveys feelings and there's a lot of different lessons that you can pull from it. What do you like about this piece? What does it say to you? What does the art in your home say about your voice?

Here's the bio on the artist Jenedy Paige: I am a realist in every sense of the word. I paint things as they exist, in the representational tradition, but also in the concepts behind my work. I am a truth teller. I love the classical approach to painting and its ability to so easily invite the viewer in. However, I also know the value abstraction, and the power it has to express things that realism cannot, and so I try to include both in my paintings. There is nothing I love more than a delicate and detailed figure on an expressive background.

My paintings begin in a journal. I record my frustrations, sorrows, joys, ambitions, hopes and then I transform those words into images. I guess you could say I very literally draw from life experience. I try to be as honest as I can in the telling, I don’t mince words. I then release the story to the canvas, and as I paint I am enabled to process the experience in a new way and to learn from it. I’m not fast, I take my time with the painting, and the lesson in it. Layer by layer I work, carefully revealing the wisdom inside.

When it comes to creating images I believe that simplicity is key. The more concise you can say something, the more powerful it is. So although my writing is usually lengthy, I look for symbols I can use, and try to condense my thoughts into a concise visual statement. I strive to find a shortcut right to the heart of the viewer, something that will strike them at first glance.

When I have taken the painting as far as I can, I return to writing. And just when I think I have dissected a particular idea, when I have learned all I could, writing usually takes it one step further. Words then become the final layer to the piece. The work and the text are then offered up together to others. I then find my experiences are not all that original, as the work strikes a familiar cord in the viewer. People often place themselves inside my work, and add their story to mine, and thus my heart and the heart of my audience connect over the canvas.

To learn more about Jenedy Paige's art click here.

Havenlight has offered my readers a 20% off discount code to get your own art piece, LIFEISWHATITSCALLED. You can also enter to win a $200 store credit by clicking here.

Please note that I received a free art piece to put in my home, however, I shared my honest opinion and did get to pick the piece that I wanted in my home. This is in cooperation with Havenlight. The giveaway is run by Havenlight. The discount code will work for a limited time.

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