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“Remember the Rock…” Details

December 10, 2012

The more art I make the more I can see subtle transitions happening stylistically.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am experimenting with creating figures that are not fully formed and that have more translucent qualities.

"Remember the Rock From Which You Were Hewn (Isaiah 51:1)", acrylic on canvas, 36'' diameter

“Remember the Rock From Which You Were Hewn (Isaiah 51:1)”, acrylic on canvas, 36” diameter

In the past I have fully developed the figure as far as skin tone and opacity, but would often have it begin to fade out into the background pattern (like THIS one).

Now I am enjoying taking human fragility one step further and creating more translucent skin – just to suggest even more that our time on earth is limited, AND that humans are not just flesh and blood – they have spiritual souls.

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The title of this piece is almost a direct quote from Isaiah 51:1.  The context is the LORD giving comfort to the Israelites – giving them hope in a time of great turmoil.  You will see that there are actual rocks floating around at the bottom.  Why floating?  Because I love to see things float in paintings.  I just do.

There are also butterflies encircling the figure.  At first I painted them in because they are often a symbol of metamorphosis and change, but the more I examined the final piece, the more I realized this piece was also a reference not only to the Rock from which I was formed (God), but my earthly rock – literally where I came from.  My mother.  Let me explain.

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My mom is a butterfly expert.  She is currently writing a book – Butterflies of Tennessee.  The butterflies in the painting are purposefully Zebra Swallowtails – which are the state butterfly of Tennessee.  By the way – here is HER blog! 

I have always felt a strong connection to family, and as I was reflecting on where I came from spiritually (God – THE Rock!), I suppose it was only natural to subconsciously try to depict where I came from in earthly ways.

Happy pondering. 🙂

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