Monday, August 30, 2010

A painting for friends....


This was the last painting I completed before leaving California and I delivered it my dear friends G & C just days before our move. They had commissioned the piece months before and only asked that it be a bit larger than normal and reference their love of the ocean and G's work as a Marine Biologist in some way. I painted the background right away but put off committing to an image for a long time until in one night it all came together and made sense. As I worked into the wee hours to finish it up I just kept layering imagery and adding color and text until the piece felt like it was singing. The next day when I was sharing my work with Sage (age 6) he commented that the rainbow turtle in the upper corner was his favorite part. I hadn't even realized I had mirrored the turtle's shell! I had added love, home, work and nature to the piece and titled it "how we put it all together". But what I realized after Sage's observation was that I guess we really don't know how we put it all together we just do and sometimes it's messy, sometimes it's confusing and sometimes it's really good. Here's hoping something really good finds you today : )

11 comments:

blue china studio said...

It turned out very beautiful. And I just love Sage's observation.

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful piece, you have a very lucky friend.

nacherluver said...

If we all could see the world forever through child's eyes, it would be a beautiful, fun, magical thing ;)
Great job on the piece! Bet they adore it.

oneartistjournal said...

This is the 'something good that found me today'...your art here is fantastic, it's beautiful. For some reason I am allways drawn to odd compositions, perhaps not odd but unconventional...going against the composition police regulations...(:
XOXOrly

tangled sky studio said...

bcs&e-thank you!
nl-wouldn't that be the best...to have the wisdom that comes with age but still the innocence to se right to the heart of a thing?
o-you know this totally reminds me of your work in a way : )
happy monday!

Sleepandhersisters said...

lovely piece... and I love your thoughts about the title.

artslice said...

Nice! I'll bet your friends are very happy with it.

Cathy said...

I LoVE this piece!!!! Wow! Beautiful!

chrissy said...

i love how this unexpectedly all came together...isn.t it so true...how DO we do it all?
always loving your work.
happy to see it again.
xo
c

Amber (Woodmouse) said...

Isn't it amazing what children see in art? I love it, very beautiful.

Patricia Sahertian said...

That is a beautiful piece. Great work.