Abstract Painting – Flight 416

original contemporary abstract painting, abstract painting with pears, palette purples blues, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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About this painting

I love paintings that have pears, so this is another in a series. Pears give me an anchor in my abstract paintings. Add a pear and you can add anything else. That’s the beauty of abstracts and pears.

Original contemporary abstract painting, abstract painting with pears, palette purples blues, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Flight 416 © Sarah Gilbert Fox 2017

My sister said that the squares looked like airplane windows, which is why the title is Flight 416. (416 was the address of my childhood house and is my default number.)

At first this painting seemed really frenetic and I tried to calm it down. Then I got mad at myself for trying to be so cautious so I said, “You know, go MORE frenetic!” So I added the arrows to help guide folks to look at this and that, and yes, this!

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Abstract Painting – Fly Away

original contemporary abstract painting, abstract painting with pears, abstract painting with bird cage, color palette lavender blues, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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About this painting

I love paintings that have pears.  Apples are nice, bananas are interesting and strangely shaped, but pears just seem to be the perfect fruit to paint.  My only problem was that when I painted my pears, they seemed to be unbalanced. The painting needed something more.  I was listening to my bother’s song, Fly

Original contemporary abstract painting, abstract painting with pears, abstract painting with bird cage, palette purples blues, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Flight 416 © Sarah Gilbert Fox 2017

Away when my sister called.  I had texted her a photo of my pear painting and said something was missing.  She said, “Add a bird.”  Probably if I had called my younger brother, he’d have told me to add a bagpipe, and it would have turned into an even different painting with a bird and renaissance bagpipes (because that the type he plays).  But for now… how about Fly Away.

(P.S. As an added bonus,Megan Sahara Wood, is on backup vocals.)

More about the painting Fly Away

Fly Away
by Micah Gilbert

Fly away
Let your cares fly
Watch them go
High and away
The wind and trees whisper they agree
The sun illuminates the day
Painted clouds, watercolour skies
And the morning calls us on our wayFly away
Let your cares fly
Watch them go
High and awayDragonflies fly by waterfalls
And they glide in on the breeze
Dew drops shining in the morning sun
And the wind is blowing through the treesFly away
Let your cares fly
Watch them go
High and away

credits

released June 12, 2014
Backing vocals and recorders: Megan Sahara Wood
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Abstract Garden Painting – Jardin des Tuileries

original contemporary abstract painting, abstract garden painting, abstract painting with flowers, painting with green color palette, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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The idea that one day our children will not be able to enjoy the lovely Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden) in Paris because America did not join in the agreement this year, astounds me. Astounds many Americans… astounds many citizens of the world. I had originally set out this year to paint the gardens of Paris (my old stomping grounds), but had put those paintings aside to work on some of my animal paintings. Until yesterday.

original contemporary abstract painting, abstract garden painting, abstract painting with flowers, painting with green color palette, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Jardin des Tuileries © Sarah Gilbert

Then I pulled the garden paintings out and began to add the finishing touches. These paintings are dedicated to the French – for continuing to focus on the quality of life – which is what they do best – and to all Francophiles. My hope is that this painting will bring back the happy memories for those who have walked the gardens or cat napped on a bench or sailed a toy boat in the small pond… or for those who have not yet been but one day hope to go. What inspired this work? The French. And the Paris Agreement (Accord de Paris) – the climate change agreement between countries. Plain and simple.

Normally I paint on canvases. But I recently discovered archival paper. As I often move back and forth from DC to France, I needed to have art that was easy to move. Also, the quality of the paint is the same as that on canvas, but the shipping cost is vastly different. Although I can’t give up the canvas completely, the idea that cutting the cost for an art lover is a beautiful concept.

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Jardin-des-Tuileries/987712/3624193/view

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Ghost Songs

original contemporary abstract, blue green color palette painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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This painting is another music-inspired art piece.  It’s based on another Micah Gilbert song called Ghost Songs – particularly the following lyrics:

Feel the earth beneath your fingers
As you holler at the sky
Tell your haunted dreams to the trees
Share them with the wind
Let your burdens go
And fall away
You can’t carry them

I just love the notion that all of us have the power to just let things go and burst forth to be happier people.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded of the simplicity of the act of letting go.  My hope is that this painting will make others feel like bursting out into happiness, too. I know. Corny. But hey, if that’s what it takes to be happy….!

original contemporary abstract, blue green color palette painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Ghost Songs © Sarah Gilbert

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The blue horizon
Sees another sun
Rising slow
From ashes into dawn
The pink and the grey
Marching on the day
The humbling wind
Blows across your face


Go on and sing your ghost songs
If they help you
Make your pain subside
Feel the earth beneath your fingers
As you holler at the sky
Tell your haunted dreams to the trees
Share them with the wind
Let your burdens go
And fall away
You can’t carry them

The hour here
Has finally come undone
What is it now
That keeps you on the run
A tumbling weed
That cannot find it’s place
Let the horses run
Let go of the reigns

Go on and sing your ghost songs
If they help you make your pain subside
Feel the earth beneath your fingers
As you holler at the sky
Tell your haunted dreams to the trees
Share them with the wind
Let your burdens go and fall away
You can’t carry them
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Abstract Painting – Get To You

original abstract art, contemporary abstract art, abstract painting with buildings, urban contemporary art, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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As I was finished this painting, some redbirds came to my window.  They were looking at me.  I was looking at them.  It made me realize just how much time we spend standing outside, wondering what it’s like to be inside… and how we spend just as much time inside, wondering what it’s like outside.  It’s enough to drive us crazy.  

Get To You © Sarah Gilbert

Anyway, I really like the words to Micah Gilbert’s Beatlesque song, Get to You, especially these lyrics:

Outside, standing looking in,
It’s plain to see the shape you’re in,
These walls, tell a little tale,
Your fingerprints have left a trail
It’s clear and well defined,
Still we’re caught surprised.

As an added bonus, Scottish musician Fiona MacDonald, is on percussion and backing vocals. 

More about the painting Get To You

Get to You
by Micah Gilbert

Outside, standing looking in,
It’s plain to see the shape you’re in,
These walls, tell a little tale,
Your fingerprints have left a trail
It’s clear and well defined,
Still we’re caught surprised.

Sift the ashes,
Catch the starlight,
Clutch the moonlight, too
Hear the wind sing,
Feel it linger,
Trying to get to you,
Get to you.

Desire, standing in the wings,
Wears the hat of a million things,
This glass, hanging on the wall,
Reflects our fever calls
Howling in the night,
Reaching for the light. 

Sift the ashes,
Catch the starlight,
Clutch the moonlight, too
Hear the wind sing,
Feel it linger,
Trying to get to you,
Get to you.

Living in a giant’s shoes,
On the edge of a crater, too,
But this night is like a kiss,
Didn’t know it could be like this.

Sift the ashes,
Catch the starlight,
Clutch the moonlight, too
Hear the wind sing,
Feel it linger,
Trying to get to you,
Get to you.

Sift the ashes,
Catch the starlight,
Clutch the moonlight,
too Trying to get to you,
Hear the wind sing,
Feel it linger,
Trying to get to you,
Get to you.

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Abstract Painting – Won’t Turn Away

original abstract painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, painting white color palette
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Won’t Turn Away
an original painting by Sarah Fox

This painting happened in between bouts of us going through the photographs of our honeymoon in Scotland.  It was, of course, a magical time. Hence, the inspiration:
 

If the center holds,
Then we will never fall,
There’s nothing here,
but the magic of it all.

original abstract painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, painting white color palette
Won’t Turn Away © Sarah Gilbert

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Won’t Turn Away
by Micah Gilbert
How does the time fall away,
Where does it go,
It’s just like yesterday,
But different, I know

The changing atmosphere,
You feel it too,
I’m sure I saw it written
on the face of you.

And here, I’m by your side,
I know it when you sing,
You see it in my eyes,
I won’t turn away.

The center of gravity
is where you stand,
If I reach for you,
I’d find a hand.

If the center holds,
Then we will never fall,
There’s nothing here,
but the magic of it all.

And here, I’m by your side,
I know it when you sing,
You see it in my eyes,
I won’t turn away.

And here, I’m by your side,
I know it when you sing,
You see it in my eyes,
I won’t turn away.

And here, I’m by your side,
I know it when you sing,
You see it in my eyes,
You won’t turn away.

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Abstract Painting – Waking from a Dream

original contemporary abstract, blue yellow color palette painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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This painting was inspired by a song. I remember driving up to Micah’s house when he and Suzanne lived in Athens, Georgia, and watching one musician coming out while another went in to recored the different instruments.  Micah (an International musician living in Scotland, who has played with too many musicians to list here, and who is invited annually, by music producer extraordinaire David Bash, to play at the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Liverpool – at the Beatle-famous Cavern Club) wrote all the music and lyrics for this song. The bagpipes are played by Micah’s younger brother, Adam Gilbert (the Director of the Early Music Program at USC’s Thornton School of Music – and who Bear McCreary – creator of the music of The Walking Dead, Outlander, etc. – calls “his creative genius”). It’s poetic lyrics ramp up and head into the power of the music. And throw in some Renaissance (bladder) bagpipes and the la la la crescendo at the end – and being a new, emerging artist, I had no choice but to swash-slash the gold across the canvas.

original contemporary abstract, blue yellow color palette painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Waking from a Dream © Sarah Gilbert

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Waking from a Dream
by Micah Gilbert

Wind through the trees shaking the boughs
Boy in a dream talking out loud
Man on the street reading a verse
The sound of this place drowning his words
The look of faces turning into stone

Light of the moon, ashen and soft
Painting the sky in colors of earth
Shadows and light like stains on a wall
Cast in the sand are ageless in form
Weathered portraits painted in the dirt

Calm becomes the wind, distant like a sound
Colder than a stone, older than the sea
And I . . . I’m waking from a dream
And I . . . I’m learning how to speak
And I . . . I’m learning how to be

Colors of dawn drip from the sky
Leaving the world with nothing to hide
Faces of walls burnished by sun
Shadow the dreams waiting their turn
Silence broken, shattered by the day

Calm becomes the wind, distant like a sound
Colder than a stone, older than the sea
And I . . . I’m waking from a dream
And I . . . I’m learning how to speak
And I . . . I’m learning how to be

Wind through the trees shaking the boughs
Boy in a dream talking out loud

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Abstract Painting – Safe Harbour

original contemporary abstract, light blue color palette painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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About this painting

Poet Emily Dickinson wrote “There’s a certain slant of light, Winter’s afternoon…” and, well, I’ve always loved that line. However, I tend to promptly forget the following lines, because I don’t really want to think about how that certain slant of light “oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes.”

original contemporary abstract, light blue color palette painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Safe Harbour © Sarah Gilbert

One day I was painting one of my first abstracts, not having a clue what I was doing.  Most of the time I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.  And when I feel completely out of control and need to find inner peace, I call my brother, Micah. When he’s not home, I think back to the time he and I walked the Dumyat Hill near the Sheriffmuir Road (where Monty Python and the Holy Grail filmed the battle of the Aaarrrggghhh). We searched for sheep and the ever, elusive true cairns (not made by tourists), and I  listen to Micah’s song, Safe Harbour. His lyrics fill out the rest of the Dickinson poem in my head – the way I want.  I still don’t know what I’m doing.  But the calm washes over me and gives me safe harbor.

More info about the painting Safe Harbour

Safe Harbour
by Micah Gilbert

Turn around, walk away
You’ve got your memories
You’ve got your saving grace
No one can take that away
No one can know the things we save

Hear the sound of the falling leaves
Feel the wind on your face
Changing your shape
We learn from mistakes
But can’t know the hearts we take

There’s a light upon the bay
Guiding ships across the way
Theres a place you’ve known before
Let me offer up to you safe harbour

Feel the rising of the tide
See the clearing of the skies
Feel me standing by your side

Turn around, hear the sound of the rain
Hear the refrain
There’s more now to this game
We’ll give the best of ourselves
When we give it all away

There’s a light upon the bay
Guiding ships across the way
Theres a place you’ve known before
Let me offer up to you safe harbour
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Abstract Painting – Same Old Song (Edisto Island Music)

original contemporary abstract art, painting color palette blues greens, music inspired art, mixed media on canvas
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Copyright @ Sarah Gilbert Fox

About this painting

I was on beautiful, quiet Edisto Island in South Carolina, at Whitmarsh – a deep water dock house (where we have our crazy family beach week reunions) when the idea for this painting came to me.  We swim all day and jump off the best deep water dock on Edisto Island (click on the photos and look at that dock!), watch the strand feeding dolphins blow by the dock, and at night we play guitars and sing into the next dawn.

original contemporary abstract art, painting color palette blues greens, music inspired art, mixed media on canvas
Edisto Island Music © Sarah Gilbert

There is only one mixed media component in the painting.  A small photo I found at a flea market somewhere down south, along the Charleston Highway aka the King’s Highway.

More about the painting Same Old Song

  • Title
    Same Old Song (Edisto Island Music)
  • Type
    Abstract – Mixed Media 
  • Medium
    • Acrylic
    • Archival Photo
  • Canvas Size
    30″ x 40″
  • Inspiration
    Micah Gilbert’s Same Old Song.
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Same Old Song (Edisto Island Music)
by Micah Gilbert

I can hear the wave touch shore,
like I have so many times before.
I can feel the rising tide,
when you and I stood side by side.

Give me that same old song, same old song,
give me that same old song, same old song,
again.

When the winter winds will blow,
and all the seasons come and go,
when the spring’s last sun has set,
we’ll have seen the beauty there.

Give me that same old song, same old song,
give me that same old song, same old song,
again.

Counting the stars,
watching these millions of worlds,
as they spin into space,
nothing out of place.
Holding the moon,
in the palm of your hand,
like a child in the sand,
full of innocence and grace

I shall be with you again,
by the shores, we’ll walk again,
we will hear the ocean’s song,
we have carried all along.

Give me that same old song, same old song,
give me that same old song, same old song,
again.

Give me that same old song, same old song,
give me that same old song, same old song,
again.

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