Mother and Child Art, April Challenge Day 6

mother and child 2

Mother and Child 2, 8×10 oil on canvas $112 click to purchase

I’ve been focused on mother and child art for a while now.  I go back and forth between the abstracted faces and the more natural ones.

For Lent I decided to set aside some time each day to reflect on the scripture readings of that day.  I’ve failed more days than not.  But a couple days ago, in a last ditch effort to keep my observance, I looked up the readings just after crawling into bed for the night. The old testament reading (Isaiah 49), was one I’ve heard many times before but I haven’t been able to get it out of my head:

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;

my Lord has forgotten me.”

Can a mother forget her infant,

be without tenderness for the child of her womb?

Even should she forget,

I will never forget you.

Yes, mother and infant– that image with which I’ve become so consumed (obsessed?).  But what struck me was that the image of a mother and her infant is in response to a declaration of neglect.  Oh, Zion.  I’ve been there, and some days I still am.  It’s good to be reminded that sometimes unfortunate circumstances, or, let’s just call it what it is– suffering– isn’t a curse but maybe, unfortunate as it is, an opportunity.

This painting struggled.  There are at least five different versions of it underneath this one.  Today was the day I decided to stop fighting it and so out came the big paintbrush and away went the original image.  In seconds, a painting I’d been fighting for weeks vanished and this one, almost effortlessly, emerged.  Again, I think it’s what’s underneath that makes it special.  Those failures and setbacks creating the soil in which this one could be planted.  I’m quite pleased.


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Denise Hopkins

April 6, 2014

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