House Paintings

House Spirit
House Spirit, Oil Painting by Lily S. May, copyright 2008

I wanted to show you some more oil paintings that I’ve done over the past few years. These two are related. The house you see in House Spirit was next to a friend’s place in Toronto. Here, it was in the process of being torn down. It was a beautiful old house that reminded me of a sanctuary at this stage. It also seemed like a ruin in the woods because of the heavily treed area.

Inside Out
Inside Out, Oil Painting by Lily S. May, copyright 2008

Inside Out shows the same house with only the old walls remaining.  I was drawn to the strange beauty of this view in which you get to see layers of time, as it were. Here the house was open to the sky, with the workers’ ladders and supplies clearly visible, the old paint on the walls and the remnants of a fireplace.  This painting is one I like a great deal. It continues to give me a feeling of light in transformation.

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I have made visual art works all my life. Arts of May shows some of my explorations in different media and the inspiration I take from other artists and works. An earlier blog, of humans and nature, concentrates on my photographs of natural places that help my spirit.

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