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Cilla Meintjes - "Ode to Joy"
Ode to Joy
Ode to Joy
Oil on Canvas
W: 760mm x H: 1100mm x D: 40mm
Approx. Weight: 3kg
This work is unframed
About "Ode to Joy"
I painted this painting while going through a very difficult time of my life, and as I painted I realised just how blessed I was and the blues changed to joy as I realised that all the honour goes to God my father who gave me the talent and the inspiration to paint.
There is no logic as the artist needs to create to breath, it is like air. However, should a person feel the urge to learn to create, it is most definitely a teachable skill. It is as much a skill as learning to write when you were a child. The difference will be whether the art produced will have "soul". A parent will think a child needs to dance and do ballet, while the child might go along and come to believe that, even excel in it, yet never really enjoy it. It is driven by a NEED greater than yourself which allows you to create... which make you get up in the middle of the night with the urge to bring to the canvas the vision you see, or write the music you hear, or tell the story which is spinning in your head faster than you can write or paint. Logic only comes to play if the path is plotted and planned, i.e., a skill. A little bit of madness, or quite a bit of madness is sometimes required to be able to surpass Logic and control. What fun to be able to just be and go where the paint, ink, music takes you. To all who enjoy the process, be blessed as it is a gift. Being a self-taught artist, I did not feel confident enough to exhibit till I was bullied into it at age 27 with well-known artists. I did not do too badly and sold a few paintings, much to my excitement. I later went solo and exhibited again at the age of 36, with a lot more confidence. I realized that I did not enjoy painting from a photograph or a set model which I found restricting and boring, but enjoyed painting from my heart that which I felt and experienced, be it joy, sadness, despair etc. Art became my therapy and my direct communication line with God. My art by no means belong to me, so I paint as and when my Father God leads me.
Now only at private Gallery - Ruby Rembrandt Gallery on the premises of Artist's Retreat Wellness
Art lessons through various Artists, but mostly self taught.
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