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Masterpiece in Progress: Friday July 14, 2017

What do you see in this painting? A woman half finished or half complete?

Her hair shiny and curling around her nearly complete face. Pretty features in contrast with her blurred eye. The bodice of her dress sculpted around her body, highlights her unfinished arms behind her back.

With no art expertise, but, perhaps Dali was meant to leave this painting unfinished?

It's a fine example how masterpiece and work in progress can exist simultaneously. It doesn't matter that this was once a blank canvas or how this painting was first thought of or started. It's past is of no consequence to what we see now. Dali is long gone, this work will never be completed and does it matter? Right now the incompleteness is just as beautiful and relevant as the areas that we see painted.

Life might feel incomplete sometimes and that we have our hands tied behind our back. That we still have a lot of work to do and things to achieve before we feel whole.

But before the judgement and critique, take a step back and look. Observe the muse you see: that was, that is and that will be all at the same time. See the beauty in your own defined areas of experience and appreciate the mystery and wonder of the areas that are less clear. Each influence and inform one another and work together to create your whole picture.

Accept and embrace your own knowing and unknown because nobody is the finished article until they leave this earth. Seal off the cynicism of the outside world that defines time and ideas of when and how life should happen.

If Dali succumbed to outside pressures we'd be looking at a different painting, perhaps a far less interesting one.

You are your own creator and artist. The masterpiece is you and where you are now, this minute, this hour, this day. We are all works in progress and masterpiece at the same time. Even our undiscovered, undefined areas matter because they contribute to the intrigue to the creation that is you.

Choose tools and brushstrokes carefully. Step back and observe the whole of you. Note how to develop and change the technique if the desired tools and effect are not working. Persevere and progress with the masterpiece because it is not finished, until the final brush stroke.

The trusty-yogi
A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Isabella Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 6:37am

I don't know much about art...however Dali is my firm favourite. I think he teaches us many laugh and cry, to experiment, to be really, really broad minded, to be very silly and to be very serious. Despite all his 'wacky' art he was a genius...if you doubt me, see the painting of Christ on the cross (Christ of Saint John of the Cross in Glasgow (Kelvingrove Art Gallery). Thank you The trusty-yogi for this great blog.

Anonymous Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 8:24am

I agree Isabella, Dali challenges us with all his work. His paintings are cover every range of emotion. Yes I've seen the painting Christ on the Cross its dimensions don't disappoint.!

Orangeblossom Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 7:14am

Thanks for the very encouraging and uplifting blog TTY. Just what I need.

Anonymous Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 8:25am

Pleasure Orangeblossom, hope you have a great day and next time you look in the mirror remember, you are your own muse!

Sally Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 7:38am

Thank you very much TTY! I didn't know this painting by Dali, but as I am a very visual person, the picture plus your explanation makes great sense , has given me food for thought.

Anonymous Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 8:28am

That's wonderful Sally, this painting is not as famous as others by Dali, which is why I chose it. Whilst we love the popular and more obvious we also shouldn't ignore the unfinished and less known...(my next blog, possibly!)

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 7:55am

Dear have given me so much to think about in your analysis of this painting. If you aren't already, you must have been an art teacher or art critic in another life!

How wonderful for someone like me, who has never had paintings explained, and I have always felt I 'don't get some art like Dali' to really 'see' this painting and also see myself in a new light. Excellent!

Many, many thanks.
Bear hugs to all

Anonymous Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 8:33am

Dear Bear
Art is to be seen, the onlooker has liberty to feel whatever they is being communicated to them. There is no right or wrong in this dialogue. Maybe take yourself to a gallery one afternoon and just stand in front of a real painting and observe your thoughts and feelings about it?
P.S. Not art critic, just love art and a sucker for paintings!

LP Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 9:18am

What a beautiful painting,
I would never have guessed it was by Dali as I'm only familiar with his most popular pieces.
I see it as almost finished. The blankness of space for the second eye really stands out, but otherwise
would feel complete enough for me.
Thank you for such an interesting blog, it has made me remember that it's not only ok not to be perfect, but that imperfection is beautiful.
Sending yogi love to you and all. LPxx

Belinda Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 9:20am

Dear Trusty-Yogi
A beautiful thought provoking picture and blog.
We are certainly all masterpieces in progress and it helps for me to see this illustrated. Thank you

Molly Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 7:30pm

Hi trusty yogi. Good blog xx

Leah Fri, Jul 14th 2017 @ 11:12pm

Thanks for an educational blog. Like LP I did not know this was by Dali and only knew his more famous paintings. My art knowledge is obviously very incomplete. I like learning new things. Thanks.

Jane SG Sat, Jul 15th 2017 @ 9:14am

My art knowledge is almost non existent so this was interesting. Thank you TTY, I really liked your blog. It's made me think xx

Anonymous Thu, Jun 7th 2018 @ 5:52am

Great post!

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