Elevating the Spirit - Finding Heart by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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Original oil painting on canvas. Size – 915 × 915 × 43 mm.
Background It was10 months after Cyclone Larry Cat4/5 devastatingly hit our town Innisfail (20 March 2006) that I was able to get back into physically doing my artwork. This work was the first completed in Jan.

Work was inspired from the passion for one of my small colour and abstract shaped sketched designs I had previously created from imagination in a journal. The title truly reflects the challenge I inwardly had to face – to elevate my spirit, find heart again, to gather strength, courage and passion to create a body of new artwork that was to be exhibited in May 2007 at Cairns Regional Gallery. The exhibition has since toured to Mourilyan and Townsville in Qld.

Within a geometric grid format, X’s, richly glazed colours, leaf (almond like) carrier and vessel shapes form the essence for Elevating the Spirit. The subtle spiral movement within the composition subliminally forms a large heart, which I pleasantly discovered only after finishing the painting and viewed from a distance. Can you find it?


  • Geometric grid – 3D physical world, lattice grid, boundaries
  • Red/orange/yellows – grounded, earth bound, matter, lower base chakras, passion, fire, outer, energy, emotions, …
  • Green/blue/magenta – heart, essence, self, psyche, growth, expression, ethereal, spirituality
  • Leaf, spiral, diagonal, patterns – inner, passage, transporters, carriers, transition, movement, action, direction, change, interaction, duality, junctions, expansion/contraction
  • Vessel – container of being, presence, inner alchemy, holder, giver.

WORK has been FEATURED in

  • Creative Spirits Of Queensland
  • Feel, Don’t Copy
  • Impressionism Cafe
  • Inspired Art Group
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My “creative art practice” may be be succinctly summed up in the following fantastic metaphorical quote by Kandinsky:
~ “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key then another to cause vibration of the soul.”
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  • bites
    bitesover 5 years ago

    yes i see a heart, not sure if its the one u see : ) Nice painting!

  • Thanks so much for your comments bites

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Pam Wilkie
    Pam Wilkieover 5 years ago

    I love your painting, Kerryn – the colours, forms and design. Uplifiting indeed. :)

  • :-)

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • rosepepper
    rosepepperover 5 years ago

    beautiful warm/cool colours, tones, lines & curves, directional pulls. It does make up a journey like getting out of a maze… i love this one!

  • Thanks and love your heartfelt commentary response – is most welcome and appreciated rosepepper. I think you are so right re ‘a journey like getting out of a maze’.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • danita clark
    danita clarkover 5 years ago

    Its beautiful in and of itself, the info in the description adds to the sense of connection with you as the artist Kerryn. Lovely art.

  • Hugs and XXX’s. Thanks for those precious comments Danita and connection feedback re description info. – helps to know when in cyberspace when there is no face to face reality.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • mltrue
    mltrueover 5 years ago

    great colors and design

  • Thankyou very much Michelle.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • izzybeth
    izzybethover 5 years ago

    beautiful rendering and thought.

  • Izzy, thankyou for those precious words. :-) XXX

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Carol Megivern
    Carol Megivernover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work of art. And yes, I found the heart, just as your description found my heart.

  • Thankyou for those wonderful words Carol.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 5 years ago

    more great work Kerryn. nice one.

  • Thankyou kindly Jenny and (as noted below) for featuring the work.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • annabe11e
    annabe11eabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful warm glow in this work. Makes me think of home and hearth.

  • Happy you sense that glow – truly is where our spirit resides when we are fully ‘being’, centred.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! This work has been FEATURED in Creative Spirits of Queensland Group
    Chosen by Jenny Dean 22 Sept 09

  • Delighted for the feature and thanks for the notification Vanessa. Always appreciate your support.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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