The world of soul is revealed in color. This painting process, veil painting, manifests when the soul of the artist is united with the soul of the color. Helen’s painting represents symbols that the viewers of her work can experience within themselves, thus suggesting more than one level of seeing. Finer inner perceptions are revealed through the choice of certain colors and color energies. This wider, awakened reality draws its strength from the realm of the universal consciousness.
Working with color is an awakening process. The alchemy of veil painting, the mysterious process of transformation, is the creation of sacred space through the meditative quality of painting out of color. Through the Collot d’Herbois method of veil painting, the consciousness and will are united by decisions made in the heart space, thus healing and transformation of soul takes place during this alchemical process.
Alchemical imagery is portrayed in these paintings. Standing upright before the canvas, in a gesture of beholding, the directed will through the heart space penetrates and lifts the artist to the feeling realm. Substances are potentized in a rhythmical process. As the substance is harmonized through this process a connection with the archetypal beings of the spiritual world creates an abyss moment when sacred expressions manifest.
Veil painting takes much patience – moving the brush slowly and gently as transparent washes of color are applied to the canvas. Three to four hundred transparent layers capture the light, giving an inner luminosity that draws the viewer into the work. The veil painting method creates a “color space” – colors come into being and there is a surprise each time as the painter never has a particular motif in mind. The color will sing through in different areas and then certain images emerge. It is always a mystery – an exciting mystery – in that the artist never knows what is going to happen!