A lot has happened in 2013. My first home purchase, packing for the upcoming move, a death in the family, and planning for a wedding…. And I’m the one getting married! I have also become involved with a fledgling print studio and workshop, which I will tell you more about as the opening day gets closer. I will be teaching art classes there.
I have had a hard time getting back to painting since I finished Sad Pals, which I did immediately after the aforementioned death. I think it was part of my grieving process. I had some time yesterday to work, and I knew that I would be capable of drawing even if I can’t bring myself to paint yet. I did another version of the Nativity image that I did back in December.
I wanted to emphasize Mary’s girlishness, which I think is an oft-forgotten quality. I kept her nude, because she is the “new Eve.” The bearskin comes from a dream in which the archetypal Spiritual Mother was wrapping her offspring in a bearskin. I found out after the dream that bears are often associated with mothers in mythology.
Before I bring this post to a close, I will mention one more update. When I started this blog, I was primarily drawing in black and white. I chose a clean, monochromatic theme to reflect this style. Over the past year, I have begun to work more and more in color. I think it is time to bring some color into the website itself. Stay tuned for a blog makeover….