Underpainting of Marsh-Boat ©2011 Katherine KeanOn an earlier post of Boat – Marsh, Diane Hoeptner made the astute comment that it would be considered important in Feng Shui to have the boat sailing inward to the home – not situated so it appears to be sailing out of a door or window. It’s about directing the energy where it would be most beneficial.
Without going into all of the mechanics of Feng Shui, which uses both astronomy and geography to align with the flow of energy - especially in the situation of buildings in the environment. This entire system is beyond the scope of this post, but we can take a piece of it and look at the logic of one of the ways the energy of artwork affects us.
Your brain has a system called the Reticular Activation System that acts as a filter between your subconscious and your conscious. What you see goes right to your subconscious, however when you deliberately choose an image you make it easier for your brain to pick it out from loads of daily sensory input and bring it straight to the surface. From there you will begin to be more aware of circumstances, ideas, relevant information and so on that align to the image. So the more reminders you have of “your ship coming in” the more your brain will seek out ways to bring it into your reality – all the more so if the mental picture is accompanied by intense feelings. This is one of the reasons it is helpful to surround yourself with artwork and images that can help the flow of energy in this way.
Work in progress Marsh-Boat ©2011 Katherine Kean
Above is the first color layer on this study for a much larger painting. I'm going to make sure that I keep this ship in the correct orientation. I'm still waiting for my shipload of fresh canvases to arrive!