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Painting - Oil On Canvas
I wanted to do a fun winter work. A Winter scene done in a surrealistic way. This work is simply titled "Snow Globe" bc it expresses the meaning behind the painting better than something like, "Winter wonderland." In the globe in the upper right is a man w a briefcase standing in an isolated place, Santa Claus is thrusted into the globe to add some fun, warmth and a break in the monotony... what our man-made holidays do for us as a society. The surrealistic placement of the young widow dressed in blk is peaking behind and into the road bc she is searching for something beyond the dark road she finds herself on. The surrealistic things: include the yellow line in the road being a plug to light the tree, but the tree does not need electricity to light (just like our spirituality needing to only understand the love of the Father) and the cold steel/metal Hot air balloons that are also fun w their ice skates attached at the bottom for sledding. Then you see a warm scene of Three animals carrying Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold to a tree in the midst of the snow to celebrate the birth of Jesus like the animals who carried the Wise Astronomers with their gifts did in much earlier times. The animals are carrying the items that were used and valued in biblical days, so this is a surrealistic view of ancient/historical practices. The animals in their cohesiveness stand for oneness and goodness of life; they came upon the idea of this celebration themselves. The elephant is playing his trumpet and the deer is joining to just have a good time. The Crow, usually an ugly and unwanted bird, is one of our most intelligent birds... comes in to the rescue with the star to light the top of the tree. I made the blk crow colorful bc beauty and what we appreciate can be deceptive, like the underappreciated crow. This winter scene, like life, is filled with the complexities of both happy, sad, spiritual loneliness, a longing for something more, and warmth and fun... all can be found here on this spinning planet; we just have to notice what is under our noses to "Be in the moment," noticing the small things that are in plain view.
November 19th, 2011
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