Lightning Beneath the Roses

Lightning Beneath the Roses, Oil on canvas, 72 x 48″

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Lightning Beneath the Roses

This piece took on many forms in the two years I spent painting it.
For some time it was a landscape filled with animals. You can see the years of work in the many layers: the paint is mountainous and thick in places, deep and subtle in others. You can still see a rabbit’s ears, sideways in the upper right hand corner. The yellow swath that cuts across the painting was once a path leading up a mountain.
This bear is made of the mountains and of the lightning and of the sea. The years of work, sometimes jubilant, sometimes sad, show in the remnants of former layers. Finally the bear came forward, like an elephant from the mist, her eyes are steady, her paws contain universes.

The bear is the peace of unity, all elements, all emotions, nothing left out, an all accepting presence, one with the changing of seasons. She who brings roses after the rain.

Lightning Beneath the Roses

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