This is the main drawing for the Girls With Yarn painting. I have been working on the drawings and painting off and on all summer. It is in a series of paintings of double or group portraits where the children are connected with a game or task. I think of it as an exploration of relationships. I am curious how we become interconnected with each other and how it works it's self out in the context of family.
The family is the crucible where we all begin to discover our identity. We begin to understand who we are in relation to our parents and siblings. Some of this comes through conflict. We must learn to somehow "get along" and much of this is discovered by "not getting along". We all long to be apart of a family and to feel at home, whether we ever find it or not is another story.
Creating a work of art is another sort of relationship that involves struggle and the passage of time. Sometimes a good painting just happens and sometimes it feels like a long losing battle. Like all worthy pursuits making art is plunged into deep mystery where it begins to get good when you finally lose control.
Perhaps the more solid we are - in who we are, the more deeply we can allow ourselves to fall into mystery. To be loved is to find yourself in the midst of family which most often is something patched together and falling apart at the same time. Our families are like old quilts that have gone through the washer too many times but somehow manage to still keep us warm at night.
(This composition has been very much inspired by Hibiki Miyasaki who's work I dearly love.)