Ancient Blessings is rich sensory portrayal of garden life in the summer as it was kept so beautifully in monastic life and in legacy of that today. This painting was inspired by the years that the artist immersed herself in research of Medieval Christian art and life, including the lives of saints. What impressed her also is how this sacred environment created quality of life experiences for the common person at a time when all luxuries were reserved for kings and nobility. This environment holds rich inspiration for the artist because of the emotional layers of past experience and the artistry of nature. The painting’s execution and color is meticulous, and the style is the kind of scintillating life celebration we associate with an environment that has been savored to its last detail. The panorama is more that of rich perception than broad vistas.
Ancient Blessings continues Glenda’s exploration of how we see, and all the factors of vision trace to much more than meets the eye. Although each of these paintings seems to be the result of natural perception and careful rendition, none of them would be possible without conscious and deliberate integration from a consciousness that knows how we see and where “seeing” comes from. Even though this painting has a shallow field of depth, it is built around 5 different perspective angles, which emulates the spectrum of multi-peripheral vision. What this accomplishes is that it stimulates the mind into admitting its active and major role in orchestrating all our perceptions.
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