I hung my art show this weekend, the first show I've had in almost six years. Wow! It's really been that long...
Anyway, it's up, and this is what I had to say about it:
Memories, Love, and Enduring
A couple of years ago, I started to get the urge to do another art show. It had been awhile, and I was feeling potential creations begin to kick around under my ribcage.
But what to focus on? Then it hit me -- my maternal grandma, of course! She’s one of the most inspirational people I know. All of the paintings are about her -- either stories I’ve heard or things I’ve experienced with her.
Then this summer, we went on vacation. This vacation was a bit different than they usually are. Typically, we go to the desert where the serenity and the beauty take off my cares like an old coat and shake it loose of dust and fleas then leave it hanging on a branch to air.
This time, I was heading towards expectations and the unknown, seeing my paternal grandparents, people I had loved but hadn’t interacted with face to face in 24 years. That meant that there was a thrumming line of tension on the way there and a glorious sense of relief and the glory of the immortality of love on the return trip.
Those feelings colored my whole experience and in turn shaped the way I looked through the lens. The photos are all from that adventure.
You can look at the collection of most of the photos and paintings on BriarPatch's Facebook page. And if you're interested in a piece, I'm not shy about shipping. Just leave me a comment. I'm selling all of the photos (printed on canvas) for $100, plus shipping. Bargain! The paintings are differing prices, the highest of which is $300. I thought I'd sell at a rate people could afford for holiday gift giving.
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