The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing — desire.
― Willa Cather,
This is a new Painting that is part of my upcoming June show, Truth and Belief, at the Principle Gallery in Alexandria. This is a 36″ by 24″ canvas that I am calling The Invocation.
Part of me feels as though this is a painting where I should write more about it. But another part of me feels that this is a piece that deserves the quiet that allows others to see what they will in it. It has the feel of a piece that could hold many meanings for different people.
I will try to keep my own views brief with the hope that they won’t taint the perspective of others.
This painting has, for me, a definite feeling of long held desires and the sending out of wishes and prayers for their fulfillment. Maybe it’s the Angel-like shape created by the negative space of the river and sky, much like the piece that I wrote about last month, Flight of Angels. The bridge here serves as a golden belt for the angel and the light around the shape of the moon creates a halo-like effect. The Red Tree seems to be poised on the shoulder of this angel, whispering its deepest desires in its ear.
This wasn’t painted with this symbolism in mind. I knew I wanted a river with a bridge in this piece and the bridge was the first thing painted. But it wasn’t placed with the idea that it would represent a belt for an angel. It was located at a point where I thought it felt right and would simply set the composition into motion. From there, the painting kind of grew organically. The final composition set tone for the blue and purple color palette.
I’m really enjoying this painting in the studio and am finding new things each day that I didn’t see while painting it. That gives me real satisfaction. Whether that means anything beyond the walls of my studio, well, that’s another thing.