Mixed Media on board. Each work measures: 14″ H x 10″ W
A cycle of original paintings based on Dr. Billy Taylor’s lyric:
“I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE”.
Layers of blue color and incised line with white paint passed onto the surface with a squeegee and then washed off and repeat and swept once again and again- until the surface becomes like looking deeply into an atmospheric night sky- or a deep blue blackboard that had years of writing that was wiped away after each story, fact, equation, etc, was told – like layers of experience written on a heart- almost imperceptible yet still sounds if you listen with wonder.
A cycle of six original paintings.
The first painting was created on New Year’s Day 2011 and the last on 4 February 2011.
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free Dr. Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas
Nina Simone : www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TarrSrx4v0
Billy Taylor: www.youtube.com/watch?v=brBtTluod_w
I wish I knew how
It would feel to be free
I wish I could break
All the chains holdin’ me
I wish I could say all the things
That I should say
Say ’em loud
Say ’em clear
For the whole wide world to hear…
Music making love/love making Music:
The private rhythm of breathing.
Primal pas de deux.
Instinct, no posing.
Call and response, rhythmic, swinging, deeper: inhale and exhale.
Heightened sensibility, subtlety and sensitivity.
Lovemaking is creating an intimate gospel song in unison.
Present moments of call and response slowly, and suddenly opening up the vault of bliss.
Passion and love is not black or white.
Passion, an authentic life force, is a sacred energy not a color.
Strength in honest vulnerability.
No shiny shoes.
No outside soundtrack.
Pure and simple.
The very is of IS.
Presence, you touch me and I touch you, breath to breath.
A revolution from fear’s tyranny.
Welcoming the stillness and wonder of love.
Catherine L. Johnson