Saturday, December 11, 2010

Letting go

This image has been floating around in my mind for a while now. I even drew it once before a few years ago.  For me, making this was an act of letting go of my home and finally being at peace with that transition. This is the 4th time in a row that I have been forced into moving due to external circumstances and that is just in last 6 years. In the end, all of those changes proved to be really positive for me. But each time, I had to unravel my attachments, let go of the past, and be open to something new and unknown. Being at peace with change I think is one of the deepest, most life-altering experience of peace.
This is also an example of what happens when you use watercolor on paper that is only meant for dry media and also remove your masking liquid with the wrong type of eraser. The paper starts buckling, making weird dots and textures, and ripping..... but you just keep going anyway because you're curious about the things you can't control.

10 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, this is awesome. I like how you kept going, even when the paper buckled and tore. It looks simply perfect to me, and a wonderful IA challenge entry.

WrightStuff said...

This is a brilliant piece. Well done. I can't wait to see your other entry now!

Catherine said...

I love the colours you've used. I know what you mean about moving.. I had my dream house and had to leave it 8 years ago and haven't had a "home" since. Hopefully next year my old charentaise farmhouse will be renovated so that I can move into it and finally say I'm home...

priti.lisa said...

I enjoyed everything about this post.
Being at peace with change...
That's what it's all about.

EVA said...

Wonderful and wise!!!

Such gorgeous colours too!

dthaase said...

wow - this is really cool

Anne said...

Great post and lovely piece.

Janet said...

When you were 5 years old and we moved from one house to another, it was a big transition for you; mostly because you had memories in your old home and the new home was without memories. We found a way to overcome that hurdle by immediately planning a Valentine's Day Party for you and all your new friends. Many years later and a lot more moves, you are still finding ways to convert adversity to opportunity. This painting is absolutely beautiful and really reflects the little girl in you. I could look at it for hours!

Ann Marie said...

Wow! You have done a lot of moving in a short amount of time. You are wise to know the difference between what you can control and to make peace with what you can't both in your art and in life. Well done on both accounts!

Christine Martell said...

The image is beautiful, embracing what the materials did, as well as another challenge is inspiring.

I see you are also doing the Sketchbook project. Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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