The Lady and the Chimera, 12"x9", 30.5x23cm, chalk drawing on bone black acrylic on canvas, 2009.
Words within the school of fish say, 'peace of the doubly confounded.'
We sewed an opened seam of my daughter's favourite stuffed bear, years old now, 'Honey.' Yesterday when I worked in the toy store a woman bought a beautiful soft bear for a 70 year old woman, a puppet actually, in which she was going to stash chocolate. My Chimera is sort of a cuddly stuffed animal, but a mystical mythic creature too.
The Chimera wears a crown (that became a hat).
There are flowers beneath the woman's feet.
The ocean moves behind her like her wings or a shawl.
Perhaps she's a Venus image, or a rendition. The Zephyr blow Venus to the shore where the Horae wait with a cape of magnolia blossoms among the magnolia trees. Which is slightly different to this image, so I'm not sure.
The whimsical, the fairy tale bordering on the mythic. Surrealism. Works from the imagination.
'The Lady and the Chimera,' 12" x 9", 30.5x23cm, oil on canvas, 2009, nearly finished.
'The Lady and the Chimera,' 12" x 9", 30.5x23cm, oil on canvas, 2009. Miniscule progress.
I painted the canvas black first as an underlying nod to the void, emptiness, what all form arises out of. Rather than painting from a white canvas I thought to begin from Śūnyatā, from a blackness. To allow imaginal form to manifest from there...
And I got a lusty little chimera!
Oh, I hope it makes you smile as I do! The painting is whimsical, fairy-tale, yes, a little bit mythic, and my first attempt at Surreal, also from the imagination, no life models.
'The Lady and the Chimera,' 12" x 9", 30.5x23cm, oil on canvas, 2009, detail.
'The Lady and the Chimera,' 12" x 9", 30.5x23cm, oil on canvas, 2010.
fish live in a ribbon of river in the sky
nor do I sprinkle specks of strands of saffron stars
bouquets of red poppies bloom in paper ice
the soul, a chimera, who gave moments
never to erase
lived words, acts
seeing flying angels makes me laugh...
or you can delete what's in your heart
we are a gifts waiting
I am wanting to move onto something else, so will consider this little painting done. I have painted it with a very small palette knife, really a dental instrument, and a sable brush with about 5 hairs. The paint is very thick. It has taken far longer than I could have imagined.The chimera is half human and half lion, yes, but originally meant to be a cuddly stuffed animal chimera. His expression is a little more lusty though, isn't it. And that hat! I think of this as a jazz composition, a Surreal riff in paint. (poem at my blog: http://brendaclews.blogspot.com/2010/01/lady-and-chimera.html