Open Channel

Lynsye Medalia

Beaverton, United States

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Featured in First Things, Painted Nature, and Color Me a Rainbow groups

Acrylic on 9×12 canvas board- Inspired by the song “Open Channel” by Kan’Nal.

This entire piece was created while listening to both of Kan’Nal’s CDs on repeat. (Dreamwalker & Kan’Nal) I was in a very bright mood and felt that it translated onto the canvas in the yellow background. As I was letting it dry, I kept being drawn to the song ‘Open Channel’. Everytime the chanting and primal beats of the chorus would start, I would have to get up and move my body. It’s impossible to listen to this band and not feel the urge to move!

“And there was always something
Up in the mountain and in the ocean,
A channel that is open to anyone
who would listen to, I listen to it.

Ooh jah a leh ah Ooh jah a leh leh leh leh
Ooh jah a leh ah Ooh jah a leh leh leh leh
Ooh jah a leh ah Ooh jah a leh leh leh leh
Ooh jah a leh ah Ooh jah a leh leh leh leh"

Each time I would close my eyes, I would see vibrant bursts of reds and oranges against all that yellow. So I started with the random drips of paint blown about by my straw. The tree trunk, branches, and roots came next. Something about the title, ‘Open Channel’, made me depict the tree connected to nothing….and everything at the same time. I added the darker red leaves/petals and began looking over the painting to see if I was, indeed, finished. ‘Palenque Rain Song’ was playing, the soft sound of rain drops filling my head. (This is a wonderful meditation song!) During the rain, a bell chimed – it was like someone hitting a gong or turning on a switch in my head. I knew then that there were some little faeries that wanted to live in this tree. They are not detailed, they are glowing with energy, they resemble dragonflies because the viewer does not yet see them as real beings.

This was a part of my first feature in ‘The Buyer’s Booth’

Open Channel Lyrics
Kan’Nal

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