First Swim, Unending Love, or Untitled?

First Swim

First Swim

“Unending Love” , “First Swim”, or otherwise known as UNTITLED was just accepted into the Fine Art League of Cary’s 21st Annual Juried Art Exhibition. This is a first time for me. Would not have happened had I not been lovingly apprised of the show (and how to enter it) by my dear friend, fellow artist Kim Werfel. She too was juried in – how exciting! The show runs February 24 – April 24 at the Page Walker Center in Cary.

I have been having the hardest time naming this piece. I just do not want to interfere with the viewer’s experience of this momentous occasion. Not the momentous occasion of seeing my exalted art, but the moment occasion of baby’s first swim, of family holding on to each other to experience one of this world’s great pleasures (or fears) – that of being immersed in an ocean of energy and waves. The waves are most big when we are most small. Small, as in children and small, as in Self-Belief. Would be so fabulous if we all felt held as securely as this babe each time life roils and rocks us.

These people are friends of mine. The little girl in the white hat, Imogen -aka Bean, had only just begun her life as my husband, Mike, was swiftly preparing to call his quits. I recall the “fact of Bean” putting the most amazing smile on Mike’s face just a week before his passing. He saw how his friend Khari, always a big kid himself, was now caring so sweetly for his new six month old baby and it pleased him in a very deep way.

Bean is now almost 4. And I will tell you a secret in this painting – Zach, Bean’s little brother is here too… inside his mother’s belly and is now 2 and a half. I am so grateful to have begun to paint in that time.  Creating art has helped me, so much, to heal!

So life rolls on and so we are all called upon to take turns helping each other to learn to love and lean on each other. To face the tumult life has to offer each of us hopefully knowing we are ALL always held in love.

“Untitled”, 20×20 watercolor. SOLD. Full and Half sized Giclee Prints available on heavy watercolor stock. 

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