"Cup Water to Your Tired Face" - mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas, 20" x 20" x 1.25". Ready to hang. Available here and at Artfinder.
When exhausted from the seeming complexity of life and the demands of others, it makes a difference to know that when you cup water to your tired face, it is from one magnificent and nameless sea. And when you feel the pain of love --mis-given or mis-received -- break your heart, it helps to know what what breaks open is the covering to your soul. - MARK NEPO, The Exquisite Risk
Life seems super complicated lately. And messy. And painful.
There are bright spots...a spontaneous movie day at home with family. Two friends on Facebook having a difficult but very successful conversation about racial justice (so proud of these women), Wonder Mike getting the hang of "sit - stay". Crisp, clean sheets on the bed. And cupping water to my face at the end of the day.
Cup Water to Your Tired Face
Sometimes that's all you get.
Sometimes that's all you need.
And you know what? That'll do.
About the painting: inspired by the wild Atlantic sea off the coast of Ireland, this piece began as a drawing with Artgraf and gesso. Many layers of acrylic paint and more Artgraf, my trusty water sprayer bottle and a big shower squeegee. The final layer is a coat of teal glaze loosely applied and scraped with a rubber shaper. Vertical lines created with a chopstick through wet paint alternating with the edge of the rubber shaper.