Together on the Road
Some artworks take on a life of their own where they are directing you instead of you directing them. This one is a perfect example. I thought I would do a large piece of a couple walking together toward the woods with light coming through tree branches. Probably using fairly realistic colors and imagery. As I was working my mind went toward a larger idea of ‘lifetime’ and how we all experience different things that add up to our unique experience in life.
I believe because I had been experimenting with fabrics for other works the idea of using the colored swatches at the left of this painting to suggest the colorful experiences of life crept into my psyche as I worked on this piece. It became a focal area and a complement to the verticality of the trees. I repeated colors into the tree branches to echo the swatches. The two figures are purposely secondary as their proportion to the bigness of their life is surprising. I hope we all get to feel that our lives have been well lived and well loved.
Lesson learned during this process, I need to talk with my work to find out how things are going. It’s probably not going where I thought at the beginning. And its ok.
Ann This is stunning!
Thank you Michelle for responding. Nice to know people are finding something helpful or interesting about my blog posts. It actually helps me think more about my own work too. Hope you are doing well.
Beautiful painting and I enjoyed reading about your process. I love your sentiment about our lives being well lived and well loved. 🙂
I happy you took a moment to respond to my blog post. I never know who might be out there taking a peek. And nice to know it is inspiring for you too. There are so many ways to ‘do our art’ that looking a bit at how others find their way can be just the thing to get moving on the journey again. Of course not getting too wrapped up and not doing your own work is not good either. Good luck to you and your work and I hope to hear from you next time. I’ll check out your posts too.
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What a thoughtful and beautiful painting
Thank you Alison. I was in a reflective mood last year with a bit too much going on family healthwise. All is settled now but this piece was directly a result of having to deal with some emotional issues. The proportion of the woods to the figures gives a sense of being almost overwhelming except for the light coming through.
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