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ELENA MILLER “Both Sides Now”
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ELENA MILLER “Both Sides Now”



Beeswax, Damar resin, dry pigments and shellac on cradled wood panel


This painting was inspired by Joni Mitchell song “Both Sides Now”.

She wrote this song whilst on a plane and her inspiration at that moment were the clouds that she saw out of the window. The first few lines of this song are “Rows and flows of angel hair, and ice cream castles in the air, and feathered canyons everywhere, I’ve looked at clouds that way”. That innocence and child-like wonder that we all experience in life and how essential it is to accept and even embrace the paradox of life’s moments. The ups and downs, give and take, wins and losses, all of these polarities contribute to the rich and full human experience.

In this painting I wanted to capture the essence of those first four lines.  The feeling of those flowing and moving magical clouds, seeing the shapes that they form and bringing back that child-like wonder that we all need to have at least a little dose of in our everyday life.


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