Talking Heads

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Talking heads, the person inside the person, “taming the monkey mind” as Pema Chodron, a buddhist monk would say.  Were the thoughts swirling in my head as this painting called to me.  It started with a  gelli printed background and the heads were floating there above those blocky bodies and the concept of the words swirling in those heads, the smaller somehow part of the larger became the painting….lean in and connect.


Talking Heads

Talking Heads Close

Talking Heads Close Up

Talking Heads Close Up 2

Talking Heads Close Up 2

Jenny over at Texterial was speaking about squirrel brain this week, we must have been on the same wavelength.  Give her a visit and see what her take on this whole monkey/squirrel brain thing was all about and her wonderful stitched collage mixed media work.  What’s swirling in your monkey mind…….? Tell me do….





  1. I LOVE how wonderfully abstract you are!!! Love the colors!
    Hugs! deb

  2. These are the art moments I adore- when the painting (or any medium) talks to you, brings images to your conscious mind and then lets you explore ideas or process thoughts/feelings. As I saw the head floating off the body I thought about how the mind and body are often disconnected in the modern age. Thanks for such a great post!

  3. Serendipity… love that. I feel there is a lot of “activity” going on here. You brought it to “be”. The colors are perfect, not to mention the scratchy background.

  4. Your gelli print page is just so delicious – and what you found in the patterns is perfect! – I love the blocky body shapes, yet clearly they are bodies…..and all those thought bubbles – it’s kind of like my mind at 4am this morning… at 5am this morning I was experimenting with a spiral book, ala Corrine. I’m thinking to use the structure for my next alphabet book….see, you’re always inspiring!

  5. WOW! I love this, Corrine.

  6. What’s swirling in my monkey/squirrel brain? Absolutely everything…it never stops and I’ll never have enough time.

  7. I love the contrast of the all of the different patterns, textures, writing, etc., with the large shapes. There is something busy, and serene here all at the same time. A good reminder that if we just close our eyes, there is a still place inside. The waves might be busy and rough but underneath the ocean is deep and still. Beautiful piece. xoxo

  8. Keep listening!

  9. I can almost hear their conversation – the mom and the teenage daughter. I have to check out the monkey and squirrel minds, my own brain just wants sleep.

  10. I like these heads very much. Great use of colour.

  11. love the script and the theme… so many different patterns and yet just the right amount of line to tie it all together… x

  12. Wow Corrine,
    they really speaks to each other, while their minds blow out new thoughts in record time-
    wonderful 2 persons, and background.

  13. lyle baxter says:

    Delightful! I ,too, hear a conversation. the wife seems to be saying something the husband doesnt want to hear!

  14. Thanks so much for the shout-out Corrine! It is comforting to know I am not the only one who experiences this!

  15. Difficult to tame my monkey squirrel mind ( that was a great story over at Jenny’s about slamming on the brakes good advice & had me laughing outloud 😉 ) Anyway I try – it’s full of wind tonight, maybe it”l blow some ideas out onto paper & cloth! Fab colors here x

  16. I keep coming back and gazing upon this piece. It’s really beautiful and powerful. My monkey mind is being totally counter productive lately, spiraling me into dark places. This too shall pass…

  17. I adore this piece, Corrine !!!!
    Maybe because I can so relate to monkey brain, known as “crazy” brain around here.
    My brain is happiest when monkey brain gets quieted by artist brain or meditative brain (which are often one and the same !).
    May your creative time bring your brain to just the right place today.

  18. I can relate – my empty head keeps me company all day and some times I just want to say “beat it!”

  19. Maria McGuire says:

    I love so many things about this! Love the words in the heads but my favorite part is the face I see on the big guy! So much personality in him!!!

  20. I think I connected…with pleasure. I love your thought process and layers here and the saying is one I didn’t know. taming the monkey mind.

  21. Oh, my! I am so guilty of having “talking heads” inside me! The is such a great page, filled not only with your great talent, but also a bit of guilty humor! Love it!

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