Saturday, July 9, 2011

I do finish paintings

It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted a major piece that I thought I’d better before folks think I don’t do this anymore.  My process for major works is long and tedious but I love the result – usually. 

There are times when I finally remove all of the mask and – oh my what a mess this is.  That means even more tedious work as it becomes a mixed-media piece and I go to work with colored pencils and whatever else I think it needs to make it work. 

I have a couple of those in process now but I also have some done that need photographing.  This is one of them.  I haven’t gotten the photography done but you can get an idea about it with this shot taken with my little carry with me everywhere camera.  This is Oarlock #9

oarlock #9 low res

I love old rowboats.  They remind me of my youth growing up on an inland lake.  I spent a lot of time in one of these, rowing around the lake or tipping it over to use it as a raft. 

I also think of old rowboats or sailboats spiritually.  The are a reminder that Christ is with us always.  He’ll keep us afloat; however, if we’re going to move forward we need to either set those sails or take to the oars.

2 comments:

lori vliegen said...

your artwork is gorgeous, helen! and i love your analogy of Jesus always keeping us afloat......how true!! thanks so much for stopping by my blog and saying hello! :))

Joan T said...

Lovely work!!! I like the close look to this. Looks like you had a great time with the artist in residence. It is hard to catch up from so far away like Venice. Ciao!