This is a large oil of a section of a water lily pond in a park near Seattle--a favorite place. I was working on a large watercolor of this same pond (my painting titled "Meditation") when I decided it would make an incredible oil painting. I think it did.
Water lilies are symbols of renewal, reincarnation, peace, purity. I have painted them many times through the years, mostly as watercolors.
Of course, in the case of both of these paintings, I thought about Claude Monet. The title of this oil painting, though, "Homage," has multiple meanings.
Last spring, an artist acquaintance of mine died suddenly. He had about a dozen very large stretched canvasses that no else wanted because of their size. So, I inherited them. This painting is on one of those canvasses. He was in my thoughts as I worked on the painting.
I was also working on this painting while I was caring for a beloved dog with terminal cancer. He passed before it was done. This painting helped me through that because I had committed it to a show, so not finishing it was not an option, even though my heart was broken. But, as it turned out, it was very therapeutic and is exactly what I should've been doing.
I loved creating this painting. It is one of my favorites and means a lot to me.
This is a large painting with vibrant colors and larger-than-life images. It would be best on a wall that allows it to "breathe." And, also, in a space where one can stand or sit back from it to reap the full benefit of its beauty. I believe it will be a joy and blessing to its final forever home. That was the intent I held while painting it. The whole process was an act of deep contemplation.
oil paint, stretched canvas
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