Open Channel by Lynsye Medalia

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


  • kimbaross
    kimbarossalmost 7 years ago

    This just jumps of the screen, love it.

  • Penny Edwardes
    Penny Edwardesalmost 7 years ago

    Wow! I just love the colours in this…truly amazing!

  • Harry Gray
    Harry Grayalmost 7 years ago

    love the color and your free flowing style!!!!

  • jewd barclay
    jewd barclayalmost 7 years ago

    Reminds me oa a van gough palette,this dances…lovely

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 7 years ago

    Vibrant and vivid color. This image has a lot of energy and is quite dynamic. Excellent work!

  • emele
    emeleabout 6 years ago

    Great work, love the bright summer colors :)

  • Thanks so much!

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • danita clark
    danita clarkabout 6 years ago

    It is explosively colourful, really eye catching and lovely !

  • ‘Explosively colorful’! I love that, thank you so much. :) It definitely felt like an explosion when I painted it.

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful art and lyrics Lynsye ;) xoxox

  • Thank you! They are a really fantastic band, they have such a great message, you should really check them out!

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • Taylor Sawyer
    Taylor Sawyeralmost 6 years ago

    Hey Lynsye, please let me know when you resubmit this to Color Me a Rainbow so that I may feature it for you! So sorry about the mishap!

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations, you have been featured @ First Things

  • Awesome! Thanks so much for the feature!

    – Lynsye Medalia

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