Australian artist Wendy Pepyat paints from intuition, telling stories with her art. Visit her website to see more.
I am deeply spiritual painter, and being plugged in intuitively allows me to channel my work, which means it all comes from a higher source, or the Universe, if you like.
I have even dreamed some paintings, seeing myself put each brushstroke on the canvas, then the very next day bouncing into the studio to paint that dream and bring it to life.
I never really know what I’m going to paint until its almost completed. I love the excitement of each creation and finding the message within.
I really love to paint how things feel to me, or their true essence. I want my viewer to find the story within him or herself through my work. Every painting has a story and the ability to heal through its own vibration. I’ve had people burst into tears, or be mesmerized by my work. That has shown me how deeply a painting can touch it’s audience.
Using lots of paint in layers and plenty of glazing medium that creates depth and a translucency, really adds to the magic of my paintings. I use brushes, fingers, pallet knives, spatulas, or whatever is at my fingertips to make marks or push the paint around the canvas, because I love texture too. I will put paint on, scrape it off, put more on, then scrape that off as well. I will also scratch in symbols and maybe just lines.
Mostly though, it’s all about the colour. I think you can paint whatever you like and it will be successful if you use the right colour in the right place.
My inspiration is my urgent need to get all those paintings that are inside me just begging to be created, out and into the world.
I also find colours and patterns inspiring. Sometimes the most bizarre colour combinations actually come from nature.
I have painted a lot of paintings with nature and bees. The symbology of bees is so amazing, if you take the time to read about it. I also went through a period of time when I just wanted to put particular colours next to each other in a more abstract fashion.
I really don’t want to put myself into a box and say I am any certain kind of painter. Each time I think I am this or that, I change into something else through my constant experimentation. I do know that I am an authentic painter, staying true to my inner knowing. Upon reflection, colour really is my thing. So if there needs to be a label, then that’s it.
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