Monday, 17 September 2007

Mare and Foal

"Mare and Foal"
Today I was so happy to finish this commission.
Lately my family has had this dreaded flue virus, it has been aweful!!
This painting has been sitting on my easel for the last 4 weeks, just waiting for
me to be better so I could finish...
I love this little foal, so sweet......
Pastels, on canson pastel paper

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Hands Worn with Love

Graphite Sketch on drawing paper.

When I was a small girl I often sat in my Grandmas lounge room while Mum and Gran chatted and giggled about all the things that have been happening. My Gran was a very colourful lady, in expression and manner.Mostly I could not take my eyes off her hands which darted here and there. She was very expressive with her hands, I loved watching them as they danced in the air in tune to the words she spoke. Words filled with love and life, grace and compassion.

Old and wrinkly, gnarly and knobbley, like a well worn wooden door to the front of an old house.Opening to welcome family and friends , shutting to keep out the unwanted strangers. Fingers nimble and crafted, from knitting grandbabies booties,making toffees for the local fete smacking naughty little bottoms and hugging with tender care.Yes I loved my Grans hands.

She was a very gifted lady who played piano and made most of her childrens clothes, milked cows and dug in the vegie garden. Old and wrinkled, gnarly and worn, tender and caring, beautiful hands.My prayer as I sat and looked at her hands, was that one day I too could have hands so gifted and crafted, usefull and kind. Welcoming and assuring as my Grandmas beautiful hands

Gracefully Grey

Graphite sketch on drawing paper

While sketching this lady for my last art assignment, I was taken by the graceful beauty of this aged woman. In a society where beauty is so over rated and plastic surgery is feeding the vanity of many, I cannot help but wonder about the art of true beauty.

I look at this woman and see such kind eyes, pretty with compassion and care. Lines on her face that portray a lifetime of laugher mixed with sadness. She has a sence of serenity and calmness, a gentleness in her age of beauty.Our wonderul God made each and everyone of us in His own special way. We all have a very unique look that no one else shares. How marvelous it is to be unique and special to God....