Monday, January 12, 2009

Amphipod at Cinque Terre


I haven't finished a painting or participated in Illustration Friday in more than a year. My father died January 6, 2008, then my mother-in-law in February. The loss of my father has resulted in the blunting of my creative impulses. I have six unfinished paintings; I couldn't summon the desire or skills needed to complete them.
Then recently I found an old drawing of an amphipod that I made years ago when I was working in a lab identifying invertebrates. I made up my mind to combine the amphipod with images from a photo I took in Italy in 2006.
I'm not crazy about this, it seems to need more work, but it's a start since painting and drawing are what will make me happy again.
(Oh, and I think eggs might be contained in her abdomen.)

acrylic and ink on 9x12 inch panel

8 Comments:

At January 12, 2009 1:48 PM, Blogger tsu-mina said...

I don't know really what I have to say...but your (strange :) illustration is full of colours and passion (positive or negative in this moment) and force!

 
At January 12, 2009 5:21 PM, Anonymous Meagan said...

I love the colors... good luck. Glad creative juices are coming back even if you're not thrilled with the result. I like it, for what that's worth.

 
At January 12, 2009 5:30 PM, OpenID bookbabie said...

I understand. My year was similar. My mom passed in Sept after a difficult illness and our unborn first grandchild in the spring. Hope this year is better for you...

 
At January 12, 2009 6:10 PM, Blogger get zapped said...

Sorry to hear about your losses. The grieving process is so necessary and difficult.

This piece is so colorful and imaginative! I like it.

 
At January 12, 2009 7:24 PM, Blogger Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your devastating year. I hope you find joy in your paintings again.

I really like this surrealistic image of a giant...thing...floating above an Italian village. Where's Godzilla when you need him? Brilliant colors.

 
At January 12, 2009 11:13 PM, Blogger ValGalArt said...

The thing is, you always have the most amazing and unique colours, I could spot them anywhere, no matter how long it's been, they always are filled with your beauty! I am sorry for your loss and I am so happy to hear from you and see your beautiful work. You were missed :)

 
At January 13, 2009 11:36 AM, Blogger K Spoering said...

Very interesting, almost Chagall-like. Also, the transparency in the lower part is interesting - like looking into another place? Lovely color! Hope you can get your creative passion back!

 
At January 14, 2009 2:41 PM, Blogger studio lolo said...

Loss does strange things to us as we go through the grieving process.
I love how you combined more than one unfinished piece here. Sort of a sign that things are "coming together" for you again, I hope.

Doing art again could be the best healer :)
Oh, and I love this piece! It looks like many layers of tissue.

 

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