It is now a balmy -21, its getting warmer as it was -24 an hour ago. Here we are in the middle of a cold streak and my thoughts turn to thankful knowing that spring will burst through the snow to bring an abundance of new life. That is what the cold blue snowy painting "Winters Promise" is about. The photo which I took myself of the crocus flower is laminated into the painting with layers of acrylic gel.
"Three Graces and the Rite of Spring" which inadvertently started this four season series was painted one year before "Winters Promise". My EDS had flared so bad that year mostly all I could do was read. I read many books on mythology, art history and western religions. As soon as I could hold a brush again I painted a longed for blossom laden tree and from the books I swiped a few images. The images were scanned and printed onto thin rice paper, coated with acrylic gel then adhered to the canvas. The original three graces were all pasty pale skinned creatures and I wanted warmth so I altered their coloring with acrylic washes and changed the hairstyle on one. Using collage was a new venture for me so I set off to paint another tree with collage, except at this point I decided that I would only use my own photo images rather than borrowed images. So came "The Serpent and the Egg" another mythology based painting. When I realized I had painted three seasons I rounded out the theme to include fun loving Ganesha dancing, full of child-like joy which is echoed in the lively yellow child hand prints in "Spirit of Ganesha"
Three Graces and the Rite of Spring
Spring is wonderful when the cherry and apple trees burst forth their long awaited color. Daughters of Zeus and Eurnome of Greek myth, Euphronsyne-Joy, Aglaia-Brilliance and Thalin-Bloom are the three graces. How fitting are their names to represent spring, the divine feminine that brings warmth, balance and healthy new life after a long winter. In the far right corner an ancient goddess gives birth.
Spirit of Ganesha
Ganesha is considered the remover of obstacles and the embodiment of wisdom, his vehicle, the mouse can appropriately gnaw through all obstacles. One of Ganesha hands is presented in the "have no fear" mudra which I have noticed is used throughout history by artists representing deities of the past including Jesus. Ganesha also carries an axe to cut through the bonds of attachment, a rope to pull one closer to their goals and a conch shell as symbol representing the origin of the universe due its spiraling structure that comes from a single point. I came across a beautiful picnic table that had been lovingly painted with children's handprints and though the paint had peeled off much of the table there were still a few wonderful spots to behold, which of course I photographed.
The Serpent and the Egg
As trees prepare for a winters rest the sap slows and leaves color for their airborne flight on autumn winds. The nests are empty and birds that survived the forces of nature and predatation migrate to warmer climates and snakes migrate underground to hibernate amidst their own kind. The serpent is most maligned as a symbol of evil in temptation in Christian belief, yet is also regarded as having wisdom. "Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves"Matthew 10:16.A serpent wound around a staff is a very old symbol of medicine and the healing arts and both the serpent and the peacock are symbols of resurrection and new life. The serpent because he sheds his old skin and the peacock because he can eat a poisonous snake and not die.
I hope you enjoyed reading my notations on these paintings.