Sunday, December 14, 2008

My Creativity Welcomes the Holidays

"Reflecting on Christmas"
Watercolor Digitally Enhanced

"Christmas Memories, Melting My Heart"
Watercolor, Pen & Ink, Digitally Enhanced

The holidays are upon us and I suppose I wanted to get into the spirit with a creative piece or two. "Holiday Reflections" depicts an ornament with ribbons looking down into water, perhaps. Or maybe its on a glass tabletop. The ribbons twist and turn, intent on pulling us into the chaos and stress the holidays can bring. Yet they also represent our freedom as they flow in the air, reminding us we have choices on how to celebrate these special times. The ornament represents our inner calmness, a solid object that remains true to the real meaning of love that is what we ultimately yearn for. I've kept this piece relatively simple, flanked by a white background, to represent my yearning to live a more simplistic life these days. Finally, the ornament's dual image with reflection is myself, feeling reflective and nostalgic at this time of year, with memories past looming up into my heart and psyche.

The second painting, "Christmas Memories, Melting My Heart", depict three ornaments sitting on a snowy landscape somewhere, almost dreamlike, beginning to lose their form, solidity melting into nothingness. The ornaments glow from within, remembering fond feelings from Christmases past. My love of surrealism and Dali's melting clock piece are evident here. A nostalgic look into the past, where time and distance began to fade our remembrance of details, clouding them, but our hearts remain warmly alive, cherishing those times and traditions that sustain us deep within ourselves.
I am thankful that my creativity continues to unfold. And I am glad to share it with you all.


SandyCarlson said...

The holidays are good friends to your creativity!

Thanks for stopping by via Lloyd's site.

april said...

Oh Bev! They're wonderful! I love the ribbons and reflection. Should be your Christmas card!

Lin said...

Oooh, I like the ribbons! Very cool what you can do with your computer--I am so impressed!

Laura said...

I really like the ribbon one, it think that the horizon line gives you the better reflection of water or the surface when it meets. As for the other one, I feel the dali infulence in them the most.
Neet work lady

Doris said...

They are festive creations. I'm drawn to the ornaments and some nostalgia.