Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Forgiveness


This is another departure piece from my usual style. Some people might recognize immediately what this picture is about, others might need a more in depth explaination. Here goes, perhaps grab a cup of tea before you start. Click on the image if you want a more detailed look at everything. The original is 12"x18" acrylic on canvas.

I guess the overreaching theme here is sin and forgiveness of those sins. This is a major component of Christianity... (if you need more information on that, let me know and I can point you in the right direction, but I digress) Christian or not, forgiveness is a difficult thing to master and I think no matter what faith you practice (or don't practice) you will know that the feeling of relief and cleansing that comes with truly forgiving someone, or being forgiven is amazing.

This painting is an illustration tracing the path of sin and how Christians must deal with it. I decided to draw on traditional Christian and Liturgical colour schemes here to underline my point and add a depth of symbolism to the piece.

Firstly we have a black snake. The snake represents the serpent in the Garden of Eden. It also represents sin itself. It is the only part of the painting where I've used a true black pigment. Black often symbolises death, and if left unaddressed, sin itself ultimately ends in death.

On the left hand side of the painting is the setting of original sin. Adam and Eve have already started to feel the effects of the fruit and are hiding themselves in the bushes from the realization and subsequent shame of thier nudity. I've mainly kept this side dark, with greens and browns - some traditions tell that brown means spiritual death and degradation while green is the triumph of life over death.

On the right hand side of the painting we have a church setting on Forgiveness Sunday, which is observed by some churches (usually more Orthodox) at the beginning of Lent. The people here are engaged in the act of mutually forgiving each other for sins commited against one another. I have used a lot of purple in this which is the Liturgical colour of Lent as well as traditionally being a colour of penetance.

Going back at the painting as a whole, I think looking at Matthew 6:9-15 sums up our obligations as Christians, whether or not people fully commit to this or not I can't comment on, but this is what the Bible says for us to do on a daily basis.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Sale!



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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Paper Cranes

Check out the crazy patterns on the paper!
Below are 200 cranes wrapped in bundles of 25, ready to ship.



I had a very special request recently. My sister is getting married this summer and she wanted to know if I could help with some decorations, specifically if I could fold her some origami paper cranes. 200 of them. Sadako would be proud.

At 2.5 minutes (approx) per crane my output was about 24 per hour.... so a little over 8 hours of folding time. I did it over this past weekend. I had a little help from my kids and my husband. They were eager to learn origami once I told them about sampans and water bombs.

I spent this time to be with my family and also to reflect on this wedding. I hope that they have a rich and rewarding marriage. They've been good for each other so far and I'm glad we are adding such a great guy our clan.

Once we were done we made some boats and floated them at the creek.

Friday, July 18, 2008

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Briefly Surfacing



There. Had to post something to prove that I have been working. This is not yet finished though - I will post a better picture when I get it completed.

I've been thinking a lot lately. I've started a bunch of canvasses recently, but I've been really dissatisfied with most of them. The ones I like (like the above picture) I've had a hard time completing for various reasons.

For the past two years I've been selling online, first on ebay now on etsy. The whole time I was caught on a hamster wheel of bigger, better, more. Have to keep painting, have to keep posting, have to keep blogging... I think I've been afraid that I'd lose my audience if I took a moment to breathe.

Good pieces, bad pieces it didn't really matter because I felt like I had to keep showing something in order to keep people engaged. Right now, I don't really want to put it online unless I've really put my all into it. I'm wary of the pressure that comes with keeping up with other sellers or bloggers. For me, prolific doesn't always mean good.

I also took a step into the unknown this past spring and applied for a grant and some other institutional based stuff. It was pretty humbling to be turned down. I'll keep trying doors though to find one that opens for me. I do feel like I'm being led along a trail - I just have no idea where I'm going to end up yet. I'm trying to let it go and see where things take me.

I've also taken a few weeks to just be with my kids and concentrate on family stuff. Basic things like walks to the creek or piling on a couch with a cup of tea, CBC radio and a good book to read. I have a hard time shutting off my brain so this process is something that takes longer than a weekend for me. We've been rewarded though with a lot of family memories, so slower production has definitely paid off.

Anyways, this post has a LOT of rambling. I could say more but I'll leave it at this. I will try to post sooner next time though!