Photo Inspiration …
I have always loved reflections in water. I knew the moment I took this photo, that I
would create a painting from this image. Although this piece was photographed in the
winter – the soft snow is over looked and felt like a bridge dividing two worlds.
Studio Reflections …
Water flows – emotions flow
Balancing in the unknown
Light & Dark – one can not be without the other
Water ~ the flow of emotions
Buried beneath the earths surface
A call in movement cries – wake up wake up
My struggles. The world shuts down. No income. Painting a series of paintings
Settle the mind and focus – my voice matters. I have a story to share on canvas. Be
with that, and trust & believe that the rest will follow.
Up close & personal – a healing journey through grief.
This pandemic – chaos, grief, isolation
Dear God – please help me paint this painting. I used a grid but also painted very
loosely. Letting go – letting God in. Feeling free within the brush work.
While I was painting this I had the tv series “Glee” playing in the background.
It happened to be S2:E3 and gospel music was playing. God is great, god is good –
song “what if God was one of us”.
Bridge Over Troubled Water came to me – I googled the meaning – Paul Simon wrote
this about providing comfort to a person in need. It started as a modest gospel hymn
but became more dramatic as he put it together.
I tried something new today. I asked God to stay with me in the studio and help me
get through the pressure with these next few paintings.
Near the end of the evening when Glee was playing in the background and my painting
was almost done – the cast starting singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, and it struck
me as the perfect title … as if somehow the entire day was leading to this moment.
Simon’s inspiration to his lyrics – God will be my bridge over deep water.
The snow – the blanket at the top of the painting, becomes the bridge over water
“Shadows” is two separate bodies of work showing at once at Southampton Arts ~ “Up Close and Personal | A Healing Journey through Grief” by Susan Seitz (Walkerton) and “Come and See | Culture Oppressed” by Brent Henry (Saugeen #29).
For More Information Contact Southampton Arts Centre Website HERE or Call 519 599 5068