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Painting through Laughter – A Laugh -O- Gram
There was a time when I could not move, eat, speak or do anything really. I lived in a locked in syndrome state, where I heard everything but could do nothing. People were always moaning and were always being negative. I dreamt of finding a way in which I could change that and make art through hope. This came when I realised that laughter still made my immobile body slightly jerk because it is a physical motion. A Laugh -O- Gram is measure of laughter and has gone from creating mere lines, to landscapes too!
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Conviviality of Karma

Conviviality of Karma

 

In the latest Laugh-O-Gram painting to join the Freedom of Laughter Collection, the artist has taken another scenic route through her inner eye, this time to the beauty of India. It is essential for Jessica L. E. Taylor, that within the incredible scenery, the soul of the piece is still very apparent.

The whole artwork is based upon real life tales, and all these stories bring a haunting depth to the stunning imagery. The sheer distance that is captivated shows different climates, valleys, greenery, forests and mountains as far as the eye can see. The vast landscape, painted with a great attention to detail portrays a different side to the hustle and bustle one would normally associate with India.

All the contours of the different scenery blend together constantly drawing the viewer into the central focal point of the piece, which is the heat mist surrounding the mountains. The palette is made up of cool hues, creating a great contrast, as subtle layers of warm reds and oranges brings a sense of balance to the creative atmosphere. Again, gold has been added to imitate the touch of sunlight, as it hovers above the artwork, bringing continuity with the deeper incite of a sign of hope that is present within every piece.

To add a new element to this synopsis, the artist shows the journey she went on in order to create this piece:

‘The heat billows into our faces with the roar of the motorbikes creating small dust clouds along the dry off track. We ride together, as a group, as one, helping each other as we continue upon this life changing experience. The air is heavy, with sweat pouring down our faces; we come to halt with the traffic. Horns are constantly beeping, making music whilst in the put up houses, children watch us inquisitively before rushing over with glee. They point and shout at us with so much happiness in their excited voices! The holdup was an elephant, standing in the middle of the road. The luxurious materials it had been decked out with showed the respect that was in place for the animals.

We decide to take a small break, gasp some water down, and we happen to come across a little market. The women are running the small stalls and they are filled with all the vibrant colours you could possibly imagine! Silver and gold sequins embellish the garments and the women walk proudly in their clothes holding their children closely, all who are also pristinely dressed. The noise of joy spreads infectiously, but being able to welcome us to their country is of even more importance to them.

 

Soon the time came to continue with our journey, travelling further into the very heart of India. Now there were fewer houses, and even more wildlife. One road led us to a slum. The poorest of the poor, yet still they greet us with huge smiles, As more people came to wish us well, I can sense that we are now welcome to their ‘homes’. There is such a huge difference between the adversity they face every day to that of ourselves and the rich colours we had seen in neighbouring cities. Hope still pours through their spirit, it is present in each smile of laughter despite the fears they carry of simply finding daily necessities. Truly astounding.

 Now we are gathering speed again as the roads begin to narrow and steepen, whilst we still dodge the odd vehicle or animal blocking our way. Gasps of awe and cheers came from the exhausted bikers, as I turn, I join in too. A significant silence fills each of us, completely the opposite to all we’d endured so far but as I look onto the picturesque scenery, I too stand in solace. A beauty fills my entirety, one that speaks volumes without any need for words.’

 

Welcome to the heart of India’s Karma.

An Infinity of Blue

An Infinity of Blue

This piece of artwork has not only taken Jessica L.E Taylor’s artistic skills to a new level, but has opened up a new branch of artistic movement for her signature style, of painting through laughter to take place. It has been formed by successfully merging both abstract and realism art.

Alla prima has been used allowing the laughter to be completely free, although following the same direction. It is interesting to note that the artist describes this piece as a visual figurative of the original laugh o gram painting, depicted as a river of life. The deeper meaning portrayed in this image is that it stands as the ending and beginning of a brand new life awaiting beyond the horizon. This idea remains particularly personal to the artist, for she sees it as the final winning over of her chronic condition.

The clouds have been made through adding silver dazzling eye dust to white paint, making a shimmering off white hue. This, alongside the subtle silver lining around each cloud, illuminates and enhances their shape, whilst creating a three-dimensional view. The sky is intentionally simplistic, purposely a contrast to the remaining scenery, bringing a sense of balance and unity towards the artwork. Yet still, it manages to heighten the organic shapes of the central focal point and continuously draws the viewer in2 the beginning of this wonderful waterfall. The immense grandeur of this natural phenomenon is beautifully magnified purely by the sheer scale used. It shows the water’s height, which makes the clouds appear low on the skyline.

The three banks naturally shape the surrounding water, growing smaller and lighter as they reach the horizon. Layers upon layers of paint have been placed on the canvas, bringing drama and dimension to the painting, making the roughage stand out. Different shades of green have been used to create a bulk of bush. Lighter shades highlight it against the hue of blue and show the touch of sunlight, whilst darker shades provide a contrast and bring depth to the banks. Huge texture is found within these banks, forming a great difference between this and the water. A wide variety of blue and green shades compliment one another in throughout this piece.

Three main sections of blue are present but a variety of shades have been used to blend and form the whole river. They also act as the reflection of light upon the glistening waters. Freestyle laughter brings incredible depth and energetic movement to the river, making it mesmerising to the eye.

Silver flicks are visible in all parts of the blue hue, continuing the abstract theme and bringing a mystical element to the artwork. On a close inspection, the silver stands quite obviously, yet from a distance, it simply moulds into the blue. The deeper meaning ignites that hope is continuously working strongly throughout all situations, sometimes even without our knowledge.

A mammoth amount of rhythm and motion is found throughout the river, bringing the whole work alive with spirit. This coincided with the bright but gentle palette used constantly generates positive emotions of excitement, joy and happiness, to name just a few, as it cleverly manages to filter out any negatives that one maybe feeling. Instead it is replaced by allowing the viewer’s own imagination to flourish.

It can be interpreted as many a different powerful scene, from a vision of a peaceful ceasefire to the complexity of each person’s individual life. The viewer soon can become transfixed by whatever personal scene formed, falling most gracefully into the painting with anticipation of a new journey waiting to begin.

A New Horizon

A New Horizon

The original painting was gifted to The King of Laughter who organises the National Day of Laughter in Ethiopia.

‘A New Horizon’ has been created through the artist’s signature style of painting through laughter. This piece has been specially made as a celebration of Ethiopia’s National Laughter Day 2010.

It uses watered-down acrylic paint, and layers upon layers of it have been used to bring softness to the Ethiopian scene. The main focus shines upon the brilliance of the sunset and the glowing effect it has upon the tree.

Mostly natural colours have been used, yet gold has been added, highlighting the beauty of the scene. Jessica L.E Taylor uses gold as way to visually show a deep message of hope that in some cases may seem distant. The hope that remains in each of the challenges we face in life, often giving us the strength to continue. The hope that is so powerful it can join each person and all the many different situations we live in together, purely through the act of laughter.

The tree symbolises a birth of new life, and the sunset brings the ending of one day and new hope for a tomorrow. The artwork speaks more than any words need to as it is completely full of human spirit by the unique way in which it has been made.

The Laughogram

The Laughogram

This piece of artwork has been made purely through laughter. It is based upon an abstract version of an ECG (electrocardiogram) scan, hence where the name originates from. It is completely spontaneous, as laughter often is. A pale blue wash has been used against a white space to increase the drama and the dominance of the motion. The wave effect mimics a reel of ribbon using an organic shape which also shows the different levels of laughter.

The colours have been chosen because they are all singularly very bold and when put together, create a very striking effect. It is interesting how each colour is singularly vibrant but when brought together, unity and harmony is created as the colours compliment each other and each colour brings out the depth and different elements of the colours that surround it. It is made entirely by emotion and the expressionism creates an intensity and adds to the overall texture which draws you into the view point and the deep passion of the painting.

The brush strokes vary intentionally, starting as very thick lines and gradually becoming finer as the laugh-o-gram flows. Textures change within the blocks of colour, using impasto to create an almost three dimensional effect. The brush strokes show the strength of the rhythm of laughter, how it can change and grow. It is particularly noticeable in the violet that the use of acrylic paint has organically created shapes that can resemble people. It has formed its own imagery within the original concept of the painting.

What makes the idea of a laugh-o-gram so original and unique is the diversity. Every time somebody looks at the painting it can be perceived as something new and different from ‘the road to recovery’ to ‘the meandering river of life’ showing the ups and downs. It manages to catch the moment of laughter and simply translates this visually onto canvas. Emphasising that no matter how big or small the laugh may be, it still brings such warmth, joy and pleasure into people’s lives.

Hope

Hope

 

This is the second addition to the laugh-o-gram collection. It provides a complete contrast to its sister painting. Still using the unique technique of painting through laughter this piece of artwork is based on a landscape horizon of a sunrise and sunset; it also portrays the vision of hope.

The pale orange hue background wash is being used to impose a contrast and enhance the simplistic shape of the white ribbon. It heightens and increases the vibrancy of the colours of laughter which are placed upon the white. The background wash also creates the sense of wholeness as it becomes part of the painting representing particularly the natural change in the colour of the sky that occurs when the sun rises or sets.

A deep and rich pallet of hue has been used purposely following the sequence of sunrise. Although block colours have been used the shades blend perfectly from vibrant violet at both ends of the canvas flowing into a deep red and so on. It grows in warmth and intensity drawing you in to the central focal point of the image, particularly in the orange, symbolising the radiant glow of the sun, There are noticeable golden-yellow flicks of colour within the orange; this subtly highlighting the main central orange also showing the sun is made up of more than one colour. The golden ribbon lies completely in the centre of the whole canvas on top of the orange, the dominant feature of the canvas. It symbolises not only the golden ribbon of hope but the sun as well.

The ribbon is neutral and remains the same width throughout as does the thickness of the paintbrush used. Yet there is a constant rhythm and motion creating the continuity and flow showing specifically that hope never fades or dies out. Instead it can continue to grow through different colours. Strong impasto brush strokes have been used throughout the painting creating a depth and deep emotion emphasising how strong hope is. Not only does it make a great visual impact to the painting but it also allows the viewer to become a part of it as you can feel the laughter through the immense texture used seeing where it is erupted and formed. It is fascinating how although the colours follow an asymmetric design of the white ribbon inside of this they become symmetrical which creates an overall balance and makes it more aesthetically pleasing. Each person finds a different pathway and interpretation of the artwork.

It is interesting how through the darkest colours of the path, the violets and red, even though it seems such a block colour, the background white light from the ribbon manages to break through and break up the block of colour. It has a slight diagonal change in shape in the centre of the orange. This adds a dimension that makes it a visual point and shows that when looking at an horizon it is not flat but instead, curved as it surrounds you. It is based on a personal motto of the artist: live for the day; there is hope for tomorrow because today is the new beginning of the rest of your life.

There are so many messages that can be found through this image. One favourite is that there will always be a sunrise following a sunset that brings an overall sense of unity between the elements. For no matter what happens within a day there is always going to be that chance of a new beginning. This binds the harmony and peace which can be found so naturally. The beauty of this piece of artwork is that it uses such powerful imagery to portray a message beyond what mere words can say.

Behind Dark Glasses

Behind Dark Glasses

This is the second addition to the laugh-o-gram collection. It provides a complete contrast to its sister painting. Still using the unique technique of painting through laughter this piece of artwork is based on a landscape horizon of a sunrise and sunset; it also portrays the vision of hope.

The pale orange hue background wash is being used to impose a contrast and enhance the simplistic shape of the white ribbon. It heightens and increases the vibrancy of the colours of laughter which are placed upon the white. The background wash also creates the sense of wholeness as it becomes part of the painting representing particularly the natural change in the colour of the sky that occurs when the sun rises or sets.

A deep and rich pallet of hue has been used purposely following the sequence of sunrise. Although block colours have been used the shades blend perfectly from vibrant violet at both ends of the canvas flowing into a deep red and so on. It grows in warmth and intensity drawing you in to the central focal point of the image, particularly in the orange, symbolising the radiant glow of the sun, There are noticeable golden-yellow flicks of colour within the orange; this subtly highlighting the main central orange also showing the sun is made up of more than one colour. The golden ribbon lies completely in the centre of the whole canvas on top of the orange, the dominant feature of the canvas. It symbolises not only the golden ribbon of hope but the sun as well.

The ribbon is neutral and remains the same width throughout as does the thickness of the paintbrush used. Yet there is a constant rhythm and motion creating the continuity and flow showing specifically that hope never fades or dies out. Instead it can continue to grow through different colours. Strong impasto brush strokes have been used throughout the painting creating a depth and deep emotion emphasising how strong hope is. Not only does it make a great visual impact to the painting but it also allows the viewer to become a part of it as you can feel the laughter through the immense texture used seeing where it is erupted and formed. It is fascinating how although the colours follow an asymmetric design of the white ribbon inside of this they become symmetrical which creates an overall balance and makes it more aesthetically pleasing. Each person finds a different pathway and interpretation of the artwork.

It is interesting how through the darkest colours of the path, the violets and red, even though it seems such a block colour, the background white light from the ribbon manages to break through and break up the block of colour. It has a slight diagonal change in shape in the centre of the orange. This adds a dimension that makes it a visual point and shows that when looking at an horizon it is not flat but instead, curved as it surrounds you. It is based on a personal motto of the artist: live for the day; there is hope for tomorrow because today is the new beginning of the rest of your life.

There are so many messages that can be found through this image. One favourite is that there will always be a sunrise following a sunset that brings an overall sense of unity between the elements. For no matter what happens within a day there is always going to be that chance of a new beginning. This binds the harmony and peace which can be found so naturally. The beauty of this piece of artwork is that it uses such powerful imagery to portray a message beyond what mere words can say.

 

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