I am very excited to share this amazing painting by my dearest lifelong friend, Jan Betts.
This beautiful painting in acrylics on canvas,( 35 1/2″ x 25″ 92.71cm x 63.5cm ) is a gift she made for me as a symbol of our friendship that has spanned more years than we can count (or want to count:)
This gift is a true collaboration between us both, in that the vision we both brain-stormed, and the general theme, of portraying the muse, of Karima Hoisan The most iconic elements that bind her to me and my real-life self, are captured in it.
Jan, as you can see in this piece, is a professional, world class artist, who has lived from her art for many decades. She put the brush to the canvas, but we collaborated on the subject, the elements and even the colors. I told Jan, that I was certain we could work together and do it smoothly as:
1. We have been friends for years who don’t fight:)
2. I have learned the fine art of collaboration, by working the last 8 years so closely, with my video partner, Natascha Randt, who does the visual work to interpret my poems and our collective vision of how it should unfold… and we don’t fight:)
The artist, the brush on the canvas is all Jan, and her experience and her technique honed over the years, is so apparent in each stroke. I just wanted to honor my muse who has been inspiring me over my entire lifetime…urging me on to write and write and is the true magical element behind anything I may have written well.
Jan has known me for a lifetime, her paintings over the years have inspired many poems of my own and started me off on the path of being an ekphrastic poet, one who is inspired by the visual arts and transforms the painted image into words. I have several large paintings of hers in my home, that I purchased over the years, and I treasure them.
“Her Muse”is a gift not only for an entire lifetime of loving wonderful friendship, but also as her way of saying “thank you” to me for inviting her to my home to let her recuperate last year for several months from an accident. This whole process of working together on this painting, I found amazing and very uplifting and exciting.
The main number one rule in artistic collaborations, is to just leave your ego outside before you begin. It makes no difference who thought up what, the final product should be something you both can feel proud of, feel the magic inside and just agree that, this is what you both worked for and now.. “It’s done”….. then, in this case, Jan signs it:)
Thank you Jan, words do not convey how much I love this painting and I hope my muse agrees:) as it is my gift to say to her how much I love her, need her and how grateful I am to have her in my life. I would not be a poet, or anything creative and artistic, without her:)
It will also daily remind me of how much I love you, Jan, and who we are and have always been for each other. Hugs you tight! Thank you for this incredible gift!
To see more of Jan’s Art Please go to her website, JanBetts.com Click Here She is a visionary, mystical artist whose images are uplifting, and meditative as well as beautiful…Give a click on the link and dive in..