Numinous Realms

By September 23, 2019 December 13th, 2019 Art, Work in Progress

It’s been slow and steady in the studio for the last few weeks.

After a funk-filled summer, these paintings are finally beginning to come together.

I’ve been looking at them from all directions.

I turn them one way and I see cathedral arches or ethereal curtains. As I flip them around I see light beams bending through the cosmos. Then, there are moments when out of the corner of my eye I catch a glimpse of the curves of an ancient goddess. These paintings seem to be many things.

I’m the kind of person who is always blinking between the mundane and the mystical. I can lay awake at night imagining myself as a meaningless speck in a cold universe. Then, wake in the morning and look at the edge of light rising in the east and feel myself dissolve into the divine. I seem to myself to be many things.

I rarely realize it when I first start a piece but as it gets closer to being finished, I see a numinous quality revealed. 

Ahh…that word “numinous.” It’s the kind of vocabulary I like to throw around to impress you with my mad thesaurus skills! Wink! 

Anyways….I like it better than “spiritual.” That word always seems to me to be wrapped up tight with answers. My art leans more toward mystery. And, “numinous” even rhymes with mysterious which makes me like it even more.

At the moment “Numinous Realms” is my working title for this small series of 4 paintings. I’m completely open to ideas for titles on individual pieces. So please share your thoughts in the comments.  I’d love to hear them!

PS…I’ve got some mini art pieces coming soon for the Art Grab fundraiser at the Chester County Art Association.  Join my list below to get all the details.

“Every now and then we enter the presence of the numinous and deduce for an instant how we’re formed, in what detail the force that infuses every petal might specifically run through us, wishing only to lure us into our full potential.”

– Mary Karr


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  • George Nicholson says:

    Dear Siobhan:

    Your works are glorious reminders of just how close other realms are to this one … Numinous has been a favored word for twenty-five years … Let’s start a club! …

    Warm best regards,

    George Nicholson

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