I'm not sure where the original idea sprung from but I found myself searching out the work of Grace Hartigan, one of the American Abstract Expressionists...but with a difference. Mostly her work is based on figures and some more abstract than others.
Grace apparently spent a lot of time searching for figurative and abstract meaning in her "inner" and "outer" world. This has great resonance for me:
"Mott Street", Oils on canvas, 198x182cm.
Another painting, "The Massacre" painted in 1952 also resonates strongly with me:
It reminds me of a much smaller acrylic painting I made in 2002 which I called "Spot The Ball":
Acrylics on board, 30x40cm.
But, while I am currently researching the work of Hartigan the real joy behind this blog was when I Googled her name and came up with a whole bunch of Graces' paintings I was also surprised and thrilled to find a link to Melinda's "Shamans" included (albeit on page 15!). But why should I be so surprised for what Melinda has created is as good as anything Grace has done.