All the time, I'm pinning photos. When a photo gives me an emotion, I save it. I know there is something there in that gut reaction that I experienced in that moment when I saw those eyes that was meant to be interpreted in some way.
This is how I felt when I was scrolling through black + white portraits and saw the photo of a man...his eyes so full of experience, wrinkles so full of wisdom, and a knowing endurance and persistence that was to be respected.
My heart took an extra beat and I immediately saved his image not knowing how he would play into a future piece of art.
I wanted to create an image for Christmas/Winter and didn't want to go with the Santa aesthetic I had created in the past.
I felt like a combination of, Old man Winter, Father Time, and A Christmas Carol so I began to lay down paint.
The idea and combination of magical meanings began to converge....A clock ticking away, layers of transparent glazes, glints of light, marks, and more to discover built in to the brushstrokes. It all began to take shape.
Icy moments in a wind blowing through the painting created a magical, even mystical, atmosphere that sets up the warmth in the eyes of this man.
There is meaningful movement in this piece.
This piece speaks to the ending of a year, a moment in time...celebrating it, but letting it go...as well as the infinite possibilities a new year, a new season, a new moment can bring.
"Olde Winter" nods to knowing and experiencing things deeply, and is an image I was blessed to create.
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Blessings to you,