That painting was something I worked on, but never really was happy with. It was one of those times where I had an idea, but the idea didn't quite make it onto the canvas. I remember one of my professors saying it had a feeling of home, but seemed unfinished. And maybe it was...
The painting sat for many years.
Then I thought I would start working on "fixing" it. It took me quite a while to bring myself to cover over this work, even though I didn't really like it. But I started...
Somewhere along the way, my mom gave me a copy of my grandparents' wedding photo. I made a copy of my copy and cut it as an oval. I had some scrapbook paper that looked like old wallpaper, and that is where I began.
I painted some vertical stripes which created a stripe to represent each of my siblings and cousins - my grandparents' grandchildren.
I also made three small tags with my mom and her siblings names, and hung those beneath the wedding picture. Do you see the family tree starting to take shape?
There are those clouds again. . .
The life of a farmer is not just inside, and not just outside, and not just in-between. All of those spaces blend together. . .
This is where the paintings is at the moment. I think I want to continue to fill out the family tree idea. There is more work to be done, more ideas to work through, but I like it much better than I did before...