After my last two paintings which were somewhat dark, I felt like choosing a more lighthearted and whimsical subject. With the festive holiday season in full swing I decided to paint the mythical sea goat constellation Capricornus.
On the Winter solstice which marks the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, the sun moves into the astrological sign of Capricorn. It’s symbol is the sea goat. The goat is sure-footed and steady as it slowly climbs up the mountain while the fish tail represents the depths of the sea. Taken together it represents a mature individual who uses both their reasoning and intuition.
In this painting, the sea goat is floating in the sky over the mountain tops enjoying the festive winter night. It’s gotten very cold here, feels like winter. Our daughter gets home for her winter break in a few days and we’re so looking forward to seeing her and spending time with friends and family. Hope everyone is enjoying this magical season.
Here is my new painting, Floating Mermaid. It’s feels good to be back to painting as I have had a long break. In early May, I took a road trip with my twin sister up to New York City. We met up with my two other sisters in New Jersey at my aunt’s home and had such a great reunion, also enjoying visiting with cousins and my aunt. It had been over ten years since we had all been together. We then took the train into Manhattan and got to spend time with my daughter who was finishing up her freshman year at NYU. She loves being in the city and it was reassuring to see how she was thriving.
Once she came home for summer break, an opportunity opened up for her to spend five weeks in China teaching English and visiting with Chinese friends she had made at school. It was all very sudden and with me helping her get ready for her adventure and having her home I found it challenging to focus on my art.
She’s been in China a week now and is enjoying herself and I am back to painting. This floating mermaid is the result. In life there are times we have to let go, relax and trust. As a mom, I was nervous about my 18 year old girl traveling on her own half way around the world. At this point, part of my journey as a mom is to let go and trust my child’s own path in life. In this painting I wanted to show a mermaid relaxing in the water as the sun shines on her with the white dove of peace soaring above her, knowing all is well.
I hope all are enjoying summer, whether you are home relaxing or off on exciting adventures!
Lady and the Unicorn is a new painting to add to my mythical creatures series. I’ve always been fascinated by unicorns and wondered if they ever actually existed. One Christmas while in high school, my older sister gave me a jigsaw puzzle which had a striking image of a tamed unicorn in a lovely garden from a medieval tapestry. I loved it.
Years later while living in New York City every so often I would trek up to the Cloisters Metropolitan Museum to view the original tapestry which is part of The Hunt of the Unicorn series on view there. The building and tapestries made me feel as if I had gone back to a more meditative time. In this painting I wanted it to have the feel of a medieval tapestry so I painted a floral pattern background and a traditional unicorn with his billy goat’s beard showing, The unicorns from that period also had a lion’s tail and cloven hooves.
In myths unicorns are mysterious, beautiful and hard to tame. They are seen as gentle, strong and kind. The innocent maiden is able to tame him with her open heart and trusting nature.