August 1 and 2 -- harvest appreciation plus new beginnings! Sharing a free download of a nicely formatted 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- ready to print for notebook covers or inserts. These words about the centrality of love -- for both work and study -- resonate across all faiths and beyond any faith. Enjoy!Read More
To me this painting shows that "abiding" with another is a dance in a field of energy. "Abide with Me" sounds very quiet, almost static. In reality, it takes constant movement. It's all about growth!
I hope you enjoy translating this painting into a story! Like the other paintings in the "Inner Landscapes" series, I intended it to be read left to right. Perhaps reading it right to left could make for interesting stories, too.
Having told myself not to do any collage till I have more studio space, I found that I couldn't resist. Usually oil pastels aren't used in collage, but hey, I love technical problems! I did some experiments and found that both opaque white oil pastel and the transparent oil pastel blender -- both professional oil pastels from Sennelier -- make it possible to adhere the fibrous unryu paper I love, and here's the result.
Unryu paper has long threads that make it transluscent yet quite strong. I've used this paper for many years, since first discovering it in a marvelous store in Chicago that specialized in Japanese papers. That opened a whole new world to me. By the way, "unryu" means "cloud dragon."