Earlier this month I was invited to do some live painting, and then had a group exhibition at the Townhouse Gallery in Venice, CA.
I have enjoyed a nice 2-week break from painting, but I am back at it again…
After working on a new painting for 3 weeks, I am almost finished. The original idea for “Balanced Earth” came from a sketch I completed a few years ago. It really needs to be seen in person. It has a swirl of metallic silver paint in the background that does not show well on a computer screen. Also keep in mind that this painting measures 4ft x 4.5ft and is not as small as it appears here.
The inspiration for this piece came as I was thinking about how balance and harmony always exist – in every moment. Spending time in nature and observing how the miracle of life unfolds is a perfect example of this truth. We often forget that we are interwoven into the organic fabric of life and are One with its laws and movements. In this painting, the large tree rooted in the earth, growing upwards, is a visual representation of this idea. I chose to encircle the tree and earth in a rainbow to create a feeling of peace and tranquility – reminding us of the magic that surrounds us.
Often when astronauts view earth from outer space, they are amazed that so much suffering and unhappiness could exist on such a small peaceful looking planet. When others view this painting, I would like to inspire thoughts of balance, unity, and compassion.
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Thank you! - Joel Harris
Balanced Earth, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 4ft x 3ft, by Joel Harris 8/11
Balanced Earth: Work In Progress
Balanced Earth - and Lucy Rose
Balanced earth, painting complete!