Jim Carrey Talks Art and Religion in Minidoc
- September 18, 2017
- Posted by: Neysa Watkins
- Category: Painting Blog
Jim Carrey is known for his comedic stunts and crazed wit, but in a new mini-documentary titled Jim Carrey: I Needed Color, the star delves into a lesser-known past time of his, fine art. His works compose a range of mediums, including miniature clay sculptures, vibrantly-colored life-size paintings, and collages made up of words, shapes, and soft color palettes.
In the video, Carrey is quoted as saying, “I think what makes someone an artist is they make models of their inner life. They make something come into physical being that is inspired by their emotions or their needs or what they feel the audience needs.”
Carrey stated that he started painting six years ago, as a method to try to heal his aching heart. He had dated Jenny McCarthy for nearly five years before the two of them fell apart in 2010.
On the topic of his lost love, Carrey says, “When you’re falling in love, you’re floating, weightless. But when you lose that love, you have to reenter the atmosphere and it can get pretty rough, because you’re just bouncing off one molecule and onto the next, rippin’ through them at such a pace that they just ignite and explode, until you find another heart that’s doing the same thing, has landed and cooled, and then you start to float again.”
Carrey also discussed his thoughts on Jesus. He portrayed the figure in a series of large paintings, and explained that while he isn’t necessarily or exactly religious, he feels that the energy surrounding the figure “electric.” “I don’t know if Jesus is real, I don’t know if he lived, I don’t know what he means, but the painting[s] of Jesus are really my desire to convey Christ consciousness,” he said.
For many people, not just this comedian, painting is a relaxing, thought-provoking action. People like Bob Ross truly made the world a better place by removing the veil of mystery surrounding the creation of fine art. Ross especially made an impact on many people who otherwise would never have picked up a paintbrush.
His descriptions of “happy little trees” and “happy little clouds” shaped a generation, and then some. His statements of “It’s your world” enabled hundreds of people to have the courage to make that first stroke, and for many of us, he opened a happy little door into the relaxing realm of paints and canvas.
From Bob Ross, we saw that mistakes are not really mistakes. They can be the beginning of an entirely new scene. What you thought was a slip of the brush was really just a beaver dam waiting to come onto your pond. That smudge of blue on your brown mountain was a happy little icepack sliding into place.
From Jim Carrey, now, we can take another perspective. “Happy little accidents” like breaking up with the love of your life are not necessarily a mistake.
Maybe it’s an opportunity for a “happy little” honey to slide into your heart instead.