This past week I have been working on my latest painting and posting daily work in progress pictures throughout the process and started up an art journal to keep track of progress.
The title I gave my painting is “A Fragile Bird Held in Large Unseen Hands.” The medium is done in acrylics and on an 11″ x 14″ canvas.
There is a meaning behind this piece that I hope resonates with you in different ways.
Here is my first art journal entry:
To put it simply, I painted hands holding a baby bird. Not just any hands but God’s hands. I painted this to convey a deeper feeling and root of what love entails. Painting is a nonstop experimentation process. Blending various shades and hues were used to create a sunset setting into twilight. White gives an ethereal spiritual light behind the hands. The yellow-green and darker shades of green add to the natural aspect of the bird and creative nature of God such as the creation of animals and plants and life in general. We are fragile tiny beings like this bird in His hands. The piece brings a mixture of fear, resignation, peace, relief, and happiness all rolled up into one. It is a bit of an extreme combination of emotions but there is a reason behind them. The reason being is a long story in itself but is summed in one of several poems that I wrote four years ago titled, “Facade of Vulnerability.” The hands were painted with the colors burnt sienna, cadmium yellow, permanent red, and titanium white. The names are a mouthful to say, but each one was combined to give a darker earth and sun-worn appearance. The tiny bird is painted in light green and yellow. Again, it adds on to the natural beauty and fragility of life. Think about it for a second. Anyone can pluck a bird from its nest or the ground and slowly crush it snuffing out the life it holds. it holds the same for us. We in our youth live as if we are invincible, impervious to sickness, pain, or death. It is until we experience something life-altering that your perspective changes and you hit a brick wall. Your own fragility and vulnerability are unveiled. That is where faith comes in…the art of letting go and letting God carry you.
Hannah Naomi Quintero