Welcome To My World

Much like the birth of a baby, the birth of an artist can be a precious, precarious, stressful, gleeful, painful, surprising, messy, eyeopening, joyful, exhausting and an extremely energetic event! For an artist taking her first breaths into the life of the viewing public, it feels natural and un-natural all at the same time! 
All my life I have had this insatiable need to create.  From making flower necklaces as a little girl to painting flowers on canvas today, my life has always been rich with creative activity!  Wrapped in a cocoon of safety among friends...to me, this is Art in its natural state.

Breaking out into the public eye, where others get to peek into my creative heart is exhilarating and a bit un-natural feeling....but exciting all the same.  My desire is not to hold onto what I create but to release it.  Therefore I knew my next step was to find ways to share it with others outside of my comfort zone....my womb if you may.

 
I feel my art comes from a deep passion that comes in bursts of creativity, much like the ebb and flow of the ocean currents. When I create a painting, it’s literally a visual expose’ of emotion as I move through the different stages of its “birthing”.  I can get lost for hours inside it’s layers of textures and colors...then sit for days, staring at it, pondering my next move, before the process begins again.  Each new painting presents its own set of obstacles to overcome which keeps me pressing to jump a little higher, experiment a little further, and to let go of expectations I may have along the way.  In doing so, I find a much greater surprise in the end.
 


Just as a new baby who arrives on the scene is given a carefully chosen name, so have  I, carefully chosen a new name to represent my artwork....Selah Gay.  Derived from a Hebrew word, Selah, pronounced: [celah], means ‘to hang’...to consider it’s weight.  It is often used in the book of Psalms in the Bible, where David implores his listeners of his songs, to stop and ‘hang’ or consider the words they just heard.  Likewise, my desire is that the viewers of my artwork will take that same opportunity to stop and allow the implications of the art to be considered and absorbed, much like a pause or a rest within a piece of music.  Gay, is my family name, which birthed many artisans over the generations.  So for those who have known me, I have not changed, merely the name I am choosing to identify my artwork has changed.

I invite you to share with me: as I take my first crawl in this artful journey; as I explore life as an artist outside the womb and into uncharted territory; as I publicly share the graffiti on the walls of my heart; and as my art expresses an integral part of me to the world.  


May my paintings be a representation of not only what I see, but what I feel...not only what I feel, but who I AM.


Selah


17 comments:

  1. Selah, your art speaks to me like poetry and music, filling my heart with happiness and beauty! You inspire me in ways you cannot imagine! Your use of color is exquisite and I look forward to experiencing the ebb and flow of your passion for painting! It's positively contagious!

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  2. Thank you Christine! You are such an encourager and inspiration yourself!

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  3. I really enjoyed reading about your creative process. That depth and thoughtfulness is reflected in your work. It was also very interesting to learn about your name change. I wondered why you had done that!! I am sure that taking these next steps, both exciting and terrifying, will lead to new heights and well-deserved success. Thank you for sharing a window to your very artistic soul!

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  4. What a perfect analogy! I love seeing the steps in Rhapsody in Blue. The texture and life you bring to your work is astounding. Selah is such a beautiful name and meaning. I am excited to see how you continue to grow, thank you for sharing your experience. Hugs!

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  5. Lovely Selah...I love your work, your name change, the whole deal. Your work is so vibrant, expressive; full of life. Your womb/birth metaphor is
    so apt! I am looking forward to cheering and watching from the sides as you mature and grow...

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  6. Thank you for your words of encouragement Cindy! May all our efforts bring Joy to the rest of the world!

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  7. Thank you Jess! I'm looking forward to actually learning to walk...should be interesting! For now...crawling is good...the ground and I...we're tite! =]

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  8. Thank you Louise! "from the sides"??? Are you kidding me? We're all in this together girl! I have learned so much from watching your pieces come alive...revealing YOUR vibrant, expressive and full of life heart! <3

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  9. Selah, what a wonderfully poetic way you have put your "rebirth". I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your process and emerge as an amazing artist. The stages of your "Rhapsody in Blue" is so apropos that I just keep going back to look at it and take it all in -- I just love it!

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  10. Thank you Jessalee! BTW...What a cool name you have! As a mom, I know you can relate! =D Loving the journey! <3

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  11. Hi Selah, Nice blog! I feel I know you...do we?

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  12. Thank you Laurie. We're FB friends And we're both students of Wyanne's! =D I left you a msg on FB! <3

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  13. Hey There! NICE BLOG!!! Very poet in every way! I too enjoyed seeing the painting progress in the three slides.... hmmmmmm, mind if I use that one????
    Hugs!
    Kim

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  14. Hi Selah! My name is Casey Lee and I wanted to tell you how much I love your artwork. It's absolutely amazing! I really enjoyed reading the introduction to your website as well. It was beautifully written.

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  15. Thank you for coming by Kim! Of course you may "use that one"! So happy your site is up and running now! <3

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  16. Hi Casey, nice to meet you! Thank you for dropping by. I do hope you will come back again!

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  17. Gosh, I sure do hear what you are saying about the birth of an artist. I too have always been creative. I used to make my teachers presents (back when that sort of thing was cute) and I would make my family things.
    I used to steal my mom's "white-out" because I liked to draw polar bears :)
    I've painted ornaments for my family for 18 years and only this year have I began painting on canvas ... its so freeing! Prior to June, I had no idea I had the ability to paint let alone create things that people liked and WANTED! Its a great thing, but also very scary as you mentioned ... what a great journey! :)

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