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Capturing motion

I was intrigued the day I walked into advanced painting and found a long white sheet billowing in the air from being attached to a fan.  The sheet made beautiful motions, none of them repeating one another.  Our assignment was to capture the motion.  See, I came from a background of realistic painting and decided to take advanced painting for fun my senior year.  The prof was one of my favorites, and I should have known he would be coaxing, if not forcing, me into abstract painting.  Now I was supposed to paint “motion”.  I sat there, thinking about the soft way in which the sheet moved: gentle billows, not energetic flapping.  I followed the lines made by the sheet and decided to minimize my usual techniques, resulting in Transcendence:

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“You can learn a lot of things from the flowers.”

One of the things I love about the blogosphere is other artists.  I miss being around other artists all the time, as I was in college.  Blogs give me an opportunity to see what others are doing and to be inspired.  A couple weeks ago, a fellow blogger posed a challenge, to somehow interpret a picture he had posted.  I was fresh out of painting ideas and was curious to see how others would respond, so I painted.

As usual with my work, it took a very different direction from what I was expecting.  As I neared what would perhaps be a finish, I could not stop thinking about how my interpretation was reminiscent of the scene from Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland in which a tiny Alice is wandering through a massive garden of flowers.  I kept expecting to see her in her blue dress, tip toeing apprehensively through the giant flowers……so……I painted her into it, too.  The finished product looks nothing like what I was expecting, but it is very much me.

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Flight Plan

A painting inspired by a paper airplane?!  Seriously?!  Sure, I could do something with the lines, but the whole class was probably going to do something with lines.  So, I let my mind wander, thinking not necessarily about paper airplanes, but about flight, then flight plans, then my love of maps.  Combining those concepts, I came up with my own Flight Plan.

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Until the Second Coming…

We said goodbye to my great-uncle a few weeks ago.  The funeral was a traditional, Eastern Orthodox service, and those are always very liturgical and beautiful.  I don’t know if I have just never noticed before or if this was actually the first time I have seen it done, but the priest, after blessing the casket with holy water, then tapped each side of the casket with a cross, saying:  “This tomb is sealed until the second coming of Christ.”

I’ve been thinking about that since then, the idea of millions of people swiftly gathered to heaven, and things of an apocalyptic nature.  It led to the following painting, which took a completely different direction than what I had originally intended.  I’m not sure what else to do with it, if anything:

Detail:  I dried rose petals from my great-uncle’s funeral, lacquered them, then brushed silver metallic paint onto them for this look.

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Death of Egypt’s Firstborn

NOTE:  I’m spending the weekend in a small town, in a home without the internet. 🙂  Therefore, I am treating you all to a double feature post for today: the final piece in my Plagues series.  Thanks for all of your comments and encouragement.  Have a beautiful weekend!!!

I’ve always been struck by God’s curse of death of the firstborn upon ancient Egypt.  I cannot imagine how completely devastating and sorrowful that would have been.

This is what the Lord says: “At midnight tonight I will pass through the heart of Egypt.  All the firstborn sons will die in every family in Egypt, from the oldest son of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, to the oldest son of his lowliest servant girl who grinds the flour.  Even the firstborn of all the livestock will die.  Then a loud wail will rise throughout the land of Egypt, a wail like no one has heard before or will ever hear again.”          Exodus 11:4-6

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Plague of Darkness

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Lift your hand toward heaven, and the land of Egypt will be covered with a darkness so thick you can feel it.”  So Moses lifted his hand to the sky, and a deep darkness covered the entire land of Egypt for three days.  During all that time the people could not see each other, and no one moved.  But there was light as usual where the people of Israel lived.          Exodus 10:21-23

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Plague of Locusts

Here is my favorite piece of this series…

So Moses raised his staff over Egypt, and the Lord caused an east wind to blow over the land all that day and through the night.  When morning arrived, the east wind had brought the locusts.  And the locusts swarmed over the whole land of Egypt, settling in dense swarms from one end of the country to the other.  It was the worst locust plague in Egyptian history, and there has never been another one like it.  For the locusts covered the whole country and darkened the land.  They devoured every plant in the fields and all the fruit on the trees that had survived the hailstorm.  Not a single leaf was left on the trees and plants throughout the land of Egypt.          Exodus 10:13-15

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Plague of Hail

The following effect came from trying to layer watered-down gesso on top of oils.  The result was a great texture that almost reminded me of hail.

So Moses lifted his staff toward the sky, and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed toward the earth.  The Lord sent a tremendous hailstorm against all the land of Egypt.  Never in all the history of Egypt had there been a storm like that, with such devastating hail and continuous lightning.  It left all of Egypt in ruins.  The hail struck down everything in the open field – people, animals, and plants alike.  Even the trees were destroyed.  The only place without hail was the region of Goshen, where the people of Israel lived.          Exodus 9:23-26

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Plague of Festering Boils

I really pondered how gross festering boils would be:  all of the puss and fluid and oozing.  I feel pretty confident that I managed to capture that in this rather icky painting.

Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a brick kiln, and have Moses toss it into the air while Pharaoh watches.  The ashes will spread like fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, causing festering boils to break out on people and animals throughout the land.”

So they took soot from a brick kiln and went and stood before Pharaoh.  As Pharaoh watched, Moses threw the soot into the air, and boils broke out on people and animals alike.          Exodus 9:8-10

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Plague Against Livestock

“Tell [Pharaoh], ‘This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.  If you continue to hold them and refuse to let them go, the hand of the Lord will strike all your livestock – your horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep, and goats – with a deadly plague.  But the Lord will again make a distinction between the livestock of the Israelites and that of the Egyptians.  Not a single one of Israel’s animals will die!’……And the Lord did just as he said.”          Exodus 9:1-4

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