Mixed Media Artist

Botanical Camouflage

Botanical-Camouflage

12″x36″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are red and are 1.5″ deep.

This painting is available HERE

I first thought of the idea for this painting  a little while back when I was braiding my 10 year old’s hair. She requested that I give her one braid instead of two.  It dawned on me that she felt that one braid was more grown up than two braids and  since that day, she wears one braid. I wanted to paint her in braids,  older that she is now. Hanging on, I guess,  to this part of her as a little girl.

When I started the actual painting, the word camouflage keep circling me head. I had this one scrap of origami paper that was black with brightly coloured flowers and it reminded me of a botanical  with a black background.  I have been noticing this a lot in fashion, I think inspired by Downton Abbey and have wanted to use it in a painting.   I was thinking about how teenagers never like to be singled out but at the same time are exploring their individualism. Her botanical dress is camouflaged by the botanical background she blends in  to it but also  emerges from it.  She is figuring out who she is. It is on her terms when she decides to become the background  or when she wants to stand apart from it.  It is so important for it to be on her terms. This is not easy for a control freak like myself and I must remind myself daily to stand back (but only at arms length  because she does still reachs for me.)

The only thing is, her limbs are getting so long  that I seem to be moving farther and farther away at a faster pace than I’d like.

My heart is aching a little as I write this.

 

 

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5 responses

  1. Vanessa Soto

    This is beautiful and very touching. I can relate to the growing pains as I too am seeing my children growing right before my eyes. Bittersweet.

    May 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    • I know it is difficult but so amazing and beautiful at the same time. Thanks for commenting. Maria

      May 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

  2. Loving this loads and loads, am off to see the price

    May 29, 2014 at 10:37 am

  3. blow it the links are not working………..

    May 29, 2014 at 10:38 am

  4. spluckygirlart

    Your story makes this piece extra special. I love your work.

    June 2, 2014 at 12:57 am

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