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A blog by Louise Gallagher

Intersections: my word for 2017



Intersections — Mixed media on watercolour paper 11″ x 14″

For the past several years, every December I meditate with the intention of being open to a word appearing that will be my guiding thought for the following year.

Sometimes, the word struggles to reveal itself as I block the process, pushing and prodding and trying to direct its natural appearance. In my desire to control the process, I test its strength, purpose, presence and put up roadblocks everywhere.

Sometimes, it appears and there is no getting away from it. It just is, and any machinations on my part simply affirm its presence more soundly.

The word for 2017 was such an occurrence. It appeared early in my process and wouldn’t leave. It stuck around, gently pushing me, instead of me prodding it.

As in past years, my intention was to meditate on the word and then, create a painting that represented it. I don’t ‘create’ it as much as it creates itself.

This past weekend was slightly different. I didn’t have an intention of creating a painting of the word. It just happened.

I was in the studio and started playing with my Gelli Print pad (a really fun rubbery pad that let’s you create prints of images – search for Gelli Print on Pinterest and you’ll find lots of references). I didn’t really have an intention for what I was doing. I simply wanted to explore, have fun and be open to whatever happened.

Using a pale yellow tissue paper as my substrate, I printed images on several pieces, experimenting with colour and texture. With some I used a bird stencil. Others, I used string and various shapes. Eventually, I decided I’d created enough prints and moved on to my canvas paper.

And that’s where the fun started.

Gelli Print image used in painting

Gelli Print image used in painting

Underneath the painting you see, is an old painting I wasn’t too fond of. It’s presence informs the process, creating interesting texture and background that would not have been as rich had I not chosen to trust in the process. Included in this painting are cut up pieces of one of my Gelli Print images as well as pieces of grey self-adhesive drywall gridded tape that I decided would be fun to experiment with.

See, often when I paint, I don’t really have a ‘destination’ in mind. I simply have a desire to express my creativity and be open to the process.

For me, that’s where the excitement, the joy and the contentment intersect.

The painting for my 2017 word, INTERSECTION, is the outcome of trusting in the process, leaning into creativity and letting it lead the way. There was no path, no guaranteed outcome, no sure and safe way to do it. There just was ‘the way’.

Which once again affirms that when I trust the process, the way appears.





Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

8 thoughts on “Intersections: my word for 2017

  1. I love so much abut this.

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  2. LG, did you read my column [ http://markmusing.com/february22017column.html ]posted early this morning? It speaks of being at intersection of High Hopes Street and Great Expectations Avenue. Serendipitous thoughts …

    As you talk about the writing process, it seems a lot like that writing process E.L. Doctorow became so famous for: “Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

    Happy Groundhog Day


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  3. Thank you so much for this. The art is gorgeous, the words just as beautiful. I used to look for a word for the New Year but then forgot all about that wonderful idea. I’m doing it for 2017. Thanks for inspiring me.


    PS I also use Gelli print. It’s so cool!

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    • I’m so glad this inspired you! Are you still creating your jewellry and clothing, Elaine? I checked at your site but there’s just the one page. I’d love to see more! — and yes, Gelli print is so cool! 🙂


  4. Beautiful painting. Fascinating word for 2017. Your art process is much like my writing one. “Leaning into creativity and letting it lead the way.” YES!

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    • It’s how I write here too every morning Pamela. I just lean into that ole’ creativity and let it lead the way — sometimes, I get to places I never imagined! (maybe even for an interview with Oprah! 🙂 — love your post today!)


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