Posts Tagged ‘family’

“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. 🙂

We’re In This Together (Thankfully)

November 20, 2012

I ALMOST added “All” in this title, a la High School Musical (no, I will not provide a link.  I would like to retain a little dignity.), but then didn’t.  But then typed the previous sentence.  Ha!  Sigh.

ANYWAYS, there are some exciting things happening in the Kenny household… Patrick was accepted into the Executive MBA program at Vanderbilt (What? Crazy! So proud!), which he will start next fall…which means we are moving back to Nashville!

This change brings many emotions for both of us.  We are anxious to be near close friends and family again, but we have truly treasured these sweet months living in Chattanooga.  It’s where we fell in love and where we had our first home together.

Subsequently, my artwork has taken on a somewhat documentary element as of late.  I find myself wanting to incorporate images of the exterior and interior of the house – especially in my mixed media pieces.

“Soon But Not Yet”, mixed media on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

I think there is a part of me that wants to make sure that I always remember this precious time – being newlyweds, exploring a new city together, starting our foundation, living in our first home together.

Below is the latest piece, titled “Remember”.

“Remember”, mixed media on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

I want to remember my wedding day.

I want to remember our first house.

I want to remember cleaning our first house.

I want to remember our covenant with each other and what that means in our everyday living.

I want to remember what it was like before kids. (No, we are not expecting!)

I want to remember everything.

I am so thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving, but especially now in this time of transition…and seeing how God has gone before us and prepared a place for us – in Nashville, and, ultimately, with Him eternally.