Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Tiny Trees, Be Light in Life

Hope your Christmas was full of wonder and miracles. The family and I had a lovely time celebrating. Leading up to the holiday, I spent a good amount of time in the studio, painting away, working on several commissions.

"Gifts made by hand warm the heart," has always been the thought behind creating art for special occasions. There is nothing quite like opening a gift that exists, from conception to creation, expressly because of the recipient.

I wanted to share some tiny tree paintings with you that were created as commissions based on a Client's picture from a recent visit to Aspen.  She wanted three paintings, 6" x 6" each, going to three different people whom she travelled with to give as gifts.

This was the picture she gave me to work from. Not looking for photographic representation, she wanted something in my artistic style, but which captured the brilliance of their hike on that day.  In her mind, what stood out was the light and the way it came through the trees and left a lasting impact. 

Her experience reminded me of a blessing I had heard someone say just days before, "Be light in life." Lightness, ease, the beauty that comes with grace. Isn't that something we are all looking to be touched by?  What a wonderful gift to give someone, a reminder to stay light, to embody lightness, to be the light in someone's life. What a joy for me to create these pieces for her, and be the conduit of this energy. 

Here's a detail shot of one of the three paintings. Although the paintings were based on a shared experience, they will each hang in a different home to commemorate that memory in its own unique way.  The art will live on as a tiny legacy, a reminder to Be Light in Life.

These tiny trees are part of an ongoing series for me. I love working very small. They look wonderful hanging in clusters or on its own. the link:

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