Navigating a New Land
Navigating a new land is the fourth painting in my current refugee series. This work again developed from one of the misty hot pools at Rotorua. See below the photograph that this work developed from. Next to it I have also included the initial drawing up.
Walking in a strange land, with new customs, a new language, the refugee is adrift, often homeless and alone. We see here a woman walking with great courage, holding onto her inner strength as she proceeds. She reminds me of the sculptures we sometimes see of women acting as pillars in ancient buildings. There is a certain grim determination to move forward no matter what the obstacles.
The curious thing I found about this work was the creature that appeared on her right shoulder. Is it a combination of a few different creatures or something entirely of its own species? What I love about it is the supreme contentment and trust it seems to radiate. Could it be an external image of her inner feelings?
I trust you enjoyed this peek into my studio process.
It takes time to create a work of art, document it, video it and put it in a blog post. I invite you to make a comment, express your thoughts about this work. Feedback is always awesome because I then get to see the work through someone else’s eyes.
This Weeks Question: Can you leave a comment – what are your thoughts on Navigating A New Land? I would love to hear what you think.
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