An Evolving Life. Love Matters.
Sometimes we can go for weeks or months just getting through the day, not feeling or noticing much at all. Then there are periods when our senses sing. Eyes open wide, ears perk up, nostrils flare and taste buds burst.
Sometimes we are wound tight like a ball of yarn letting nothing in, nothing out. Then suddenly, something or someone triggers us and in a moment we can unravel. Tears release, fears melt, emotions fly.
Here’s Venus, Roman goddess of Love just completed. And the second in a new series I’m calling Ribbons in Reverse. An offshoot of Fishnet, it began when I thought it might be interesting to shade the figures in reverse like a film negative. In other words, to place the highlights in the shadows and vice versa.
Through this process, I was emboldened to reach for dark red, deep pink and purple pastels—a palette I normally shy away from. At the start, I had no idea that Venus was in the making. But some mysterious force was guiding me, gently whispering in my ear saying “it’s ok, you can be bold.”
For a few weeks, winter had chilled my bones and my senses. Yet somehow, inexplicably, my heart warmed. Love mattered and Venus broke through...
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
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An Evolving Life Series
Love Matters (This one)
I have had the good fortune of knowing Meryl Spiegel for many years. We met during my BNB days when she was referred to me as a resource for a specific type of photography I was searching for. I also knew her as a writer. Over the years, I have been impressed with Meryl’s talent and creativity, and the honesty of her work. When Meryl began to sketch, paint, work with pastels, she truly overlaid one talent on top of another. The layers were intriguing. I reached out to Meryl recently because I thought that the Hummingbird audience would appreciate her work, and value her process. They say that timing is everything, and in this case it was, because Meryl was thinking about not only “showing” her work, but writing about it too. In our new series, An Evolving Life, Meryl will share the stages, challenges, and meaning of her art, and the journey that coincides with the pieces she highlights. Sandra Novick
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