9 July – Passing Showers
Our grandaughter Amanda and her Mom Kara visited the studio today to take a look at the painting for which she modeled, before it gets packed in the trailer for the MV show next week.
Way, way back when Amanda was 16, I got the idea for this painting in my head. She was the perfect muse…young graceful gamin….patiently posing while I sketched and photographed…while her grandmother provided the reaching hand from her carpeted perch on the dining room floor.
This winter, some 5 years later, I came across the photos and sketches and it felt like the muse was tapping on my shoulder. It was time to explore the figurative work that has been nudging at my back door. Been a lot of water under all our bridges since then and Miss A is evolving into a remarkably strong, confident and elegant human. There are layers and layers of spirited meaning in this painting for Pat and me. What keeps rising to the surface is the power of reaching for that light, and trusting enough to let go and be led towards it.
Thanks for the gift of your heart’s smile today A. Love ya, HN