As I sit here sipping my morning coffee and listening to some rousing tunes, I'm enjoying the view from my living room window. Boy is it snowing! And it's absolutely beautiful, so fresh and white and clean. Of course it helps that I really don't have to go anywhere and that I don't have to shovel it. So far, I'm really loving winter. That being said, my post isn't about my newfound, or perhaps newly discovered, love of winter, it's about my latest piece, pictured here. I completed it last night and it's worthy of note for a couple of reasons, one that actually surprised me, in fact.
I called it Love Endures Any Storm and as you can see, there are two crows, perched soundly on a lonely branch, together, in the moonlight as storm clouds surround them. First, I absolutely love the effect I was able to achieve in this painting, the mix of the chaos of the storm (the white, quick, short strokes) paired with the clam serenity of the darker sky, the fixed moon and the steadfast pair of crows. Secondly, it's noteworthy to me, and to anyone who knows me at all because the piece and the title speak a truth that resonates loudly with me. Love does endure any storm, if you are fortunate to have found that one person in life that you truly love and that love you the same way, you know, what the young people would call your "ride or die". I have mine, and our love has endured more storms than I care to count from meddling parents when we were kids to 20 years apart to weird psycho movie of the week kind of crap that, at the time, I suppose people thought was, I don't know funny, a kick, justified? I don't know, and really I don't care, because we're still here, happy as two pigs in poop.
Finally, the third thing, which I didn't think was big deal, but I guess it is because people keep mentioning it, and it does make sense, the orientation of the piece. It's a 36x12" canvas and I've created the piece in a vertical orientation, creating a longer, narrow painting. I can understand why it's been a topic of discussion, it is somewhat unusual, albeit not unheard of as I have done it before. However, what's cool about it is that given the size and orientation, it's perfect for those living in smaller spaces or just those funny walls we all have, you know, those ones either bordering a closet, or between two large windows or a door, that are too small for a large piece, but they're also too large to just leave empty...voila! I'll show you what I mean. I have one of those walls in my living room. For some reason, unbeknownst to me, whoever crafted this joint thought it was a good idea to have a wall in there that goes, closet, teeny wall, but not teeny enough that it can go naked, door. Add painting and BAM!