A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman
Are the handsomest two things that can be seen common.”
(Somehow I think only a guy would say that!)
I felt very honored when they brought the casts to me asking me to enhance them with paintings.
Truly a privilege!
The casts are irreplaceable and precious. The first thing I did was reinforce the edges which were thin and fragile. I painted them black because I prefer working on a dark ground.
The next step was to decide what to draw and paint on the rounded surface.
Nests are the perfect image for this special project.
A nest is a haven. A magical place of nurturing and growth created especially for the emergence of new life. I wanted to make them bright, magical and mysterious.
The process made me think of my own immensely round belly so many years ago. It never occurred to me to make a cast!
All I have is this photo.
And the kimono!
And my wonderful son!
“Before you were born I carried you under my heart. From the moment you arrived in this world until the moment I leave it, I will always carry you in my heart.” – Mandy Harrison