First layer of color started, along with conversation with co-workers.
Original painting in progress, starting to capture details
Capturing the view in the view
45 degree angle to the view
LAura at work
Original paingting in progress
Look at that beautiful hand!
Final Original Painting
2nd Painting - Work in Progress
This painting is done with out the use of corrective lenses. The red square dots was a vision Laura had for keeping the buildings in composition. A technique, she later discovered, that Frank Lloyd Wright often used when creating compositions.
June – August 2013
From a young age, I pieced reality together differently due to a defective cornea that made the simple act of seeing very challenging. As an artist, my "defect" became my tool as I learned to extend my perception of reality to my canvas for others to see.
As I observe reality I am going further into layers...meditating, feeling, listening and exploring the space between things. I see past my limitations as I whittle away the vague, congeal the particulars and unveil their relationships from my unique perspective.
The layers of my paintings, therefore, are more like excavations of my environment rather than constructions or creations. The more layers I create, the more clarity and structure comes forth. Yet each layer is a complete and valuable painting.
A defect can become a tool when it is seen in context to the norm and given value. I have accepted my limitations and by embracing them I have found a deep world that is by nature shared with others.
Laura Gilmore is an artist, teacher and healer who has been living, teaching and creating in Chicago for 20 years. She graduated from Newberry College in South Carolina in 1993 where she studied painting. She has focused most of her time in Chicago on educating youth, painting murals and private commissions.
Between 2007 and 2010 she began to focus on energy medicine. She states:
"Practicing meditation for example, I find my center and good health results. With good health, I experience a clarity that allows me to look much more deeply into reality and to express what I see effortlessly for others to benefit from. I see my inner creative process as having a direct impact on the outer world and is my art practice."
About the project:
Laura set out to spend a 40 hour, typical work week painting in a plein-office-air fashion at RTKL Chicago. Inspired by the creative working atmosphere and our amazing views, she chose to paint the urban landscape of buildings from our west view on the 19th floor. Her meticulous and colorful layers grew each day revealing more details about the facades, patterns and light the continuously change upon close observation. But like many creative endeavors, the project grew beyond the original intentions and she spent countless hours in the office and at home evolving this project into something greater, even starting a second paint. The second painting is one in progress of the same composition as she challenges herself to paint without her corrective eye glasses, allowing her cornea defect to be fully explored in the creation of a painting.