Wish me luck!

This painting is of the royal bedchamber doorway at the Chateau de Langeais in France. As religion, mysticism and symbolism was central to medieval life, I have wondered if Anne of Brittany found solace in the light that penetrated the darkness of the castle after her forced marriage to Charles VIII.

This painting is of the royal bedchamber doorway at the Chateau de Langeais in France. As religion, mysticism and symbolism was central to medieval life, I have wondered if Anne of Brittany found solace in the light that penetrated the darkness of the castle after her forced marriage to Charles VIII.

This painting is a response to the religious art, architecture and symbolism I saw during a bicycle tour in the Loire Valley. I have always loved the medieval time period, where faith and belief in the unseen was a normal part of life. The experience brought to mind timeless spiritual questions, even while “Langeais" did not use specifically religious symbolism. 

I've submitted it to a show "Light Out of Darkness." Wish me luck!

Update: This piece was accepted. I was very proud to send it to Sacramento, even though shipping cost an arm and leg!

Seeing angels

Guardian Angel detail, DMC#5 Cotton Pearl thread on linen

Guardian Angel detail, DMC#5 Cotton Pearl thread on linen

Time to experiment; I draw and paint because it feels like I am “really” making art when I do it. I’ve decided to push myself on some other fronts as well, with the thought that this may also push my drawing and painting. Or not – I'll find out. Here is a detail of “Guardian Angel,” an embroidered icon that I am working on. Having grown up with both my grandmother and mother sewing and knitting for their families (as I also used to sew, although I don't knit), employing needle and thread is a welcome return to my roots. The “zone” is found in this art form as much as any other I have practiced – so far, so good!