Thursday, July 29, 2010
Paintings I'll be bringing to Heritage Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon next week.
This painting is a self-portrait of sorts. I was thinking about the contentment I feel in my studio. It's a safe little womb where I'm free to contemplate and create. In the studio, the rest of life seems a little removed, thus her lovely little house painted in the background. The red immediately surrounding her is warm and passionate. I wrote about grapevines being a personal symbol of my family somewhere, way back on this blog. I like the way she gently holds her paint brushes.
The word 'paladin' means any worthy defender or advocate of a worthy cause. My kittens are the most worthy cause I can think of. Like mothers everywhere, I will fight to protect them in any way I can think of. The figure is struggling to hold on to those three butterflies (another personal symbol representing my three little girls) while the cat watches, waiting for an opportunity to pounce.
The mother holds her heart as a shield to blanket and protect her child with love. The child wears the horns of a bull which symbolises, like in several of my recent paintings, a challenge. Oh and aren't they that!
I wrote about the idea of a woman's gentle song just a few blog posts back. I think it's a beautiful idea.
These paintings will be shown at Heritage Gallery starting Monday, August 2. I'll be in the gallery Aug. 2-5. If you come to the gallery while I'm there, tell me! I have little treasures to give away.