We are told that imitation is the best form of flattery.
Imitation is also the best form of learning, at least for young children, who arrive on the planet observing the world around them, and copying what they see as soon as they can copy it. As parents and adults in the lives of these children, we are struck by (or should be struck by) the incredible sacred trust we have in teaching the young by the things that we say and do.
Into the Surf, the artwork, celebrates this sacred trust as an adult and child face out to the sea, colorful fabric flying in the breeze. Why they are there, what they are thinking, what they are really even doing is a story that the viewer creates, adds to, embellishes, changes, and enjoys.
Some viewers have commented that they see the woman and child worshiping; others observe that they feel a sense of freedom and joy just because of all the color and movement. Some identify with the adult; some identify with the child.
Such is the beauty of representational painting that it sets a framework for the story, and leaves the details of that story up to the person viewing the painting.
Regardless of the story, the feeling of the painting is one of love, cooperation, companionship, freedom, beauty, and the sheer wonder and magnitude of the coast. Graceful and serene, the adult stands poised like a dancer; small, feisty, energetic and perhaps not so graceful and serene, the child in the background copies what she sees her mother, her aunt, her sister doing, and true to the nature of a child, she does so standing tall and being every inch the grown up.
Freedom, beauty, teaching, companionship and love by the sea – Into the Surf invites the viewer to join in the joyous party.
Into the Surf is featured in 38 Fine Art America groups.
March 29th, 2017
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