A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
~ From the Birds (based on Book of Ecclesiastes)
I’ve been ruminating on this Blog post for several weeks. Ideas have been floating around in my mind connecting my artwork to what I feel, observe and enjoy. One of the pieces that I worked on is called ‘Seasons’ (16×20 in Colored Pencil). And it’s really been an expression of my life over the last few years.
When I started this art piece a little over 2 years ago I worked on it because I was inspired by the life cycle of sunflowers. The sunflowers at full bloom were HUGE and glorious. However what really intrigued me was when they started dying. They were bent over from the weight of the flower, though their leaves still grew upward. The shapes of the dying petals reaching up for a last glimpse of light and others fell downward into the quietness of rest; which was beautiful in it’s own dramatic way. In my art illustration I tired to capture the abstract feeling of the change in seasons.
Little did I know at the time, I was expressing the season that I would soon experience on a deep and personal level.
Within a short time I unexpectedly lost my mother who was my closest confidante. In the same season within a year I became as they say an “empty-nester.” All of our kids moved on and out of the house.
Currently as I work on my kid’s portraits I’m working through all my mixed feelings of being in the season of ‘empty nest’. Through each stroke of my pencil there may be a thought, a feeling or a memory. It’s truly therapeutic.
I’m grateful to the other artists I’ve met over the last several years who are such an inspiration. Through this art community, I’ve made such good friends, been challenged to see more deeply by artist Helen Rowles and have artistically expressed the things that are difficult to verbalize. ~ Christina