Sometimes you set sail with a destination in mind. Other times you explore. These drawings have been like explorations into another world. And sometimes...along the way the real one smacks you right in the face. I began work on one and within the layers of watercolor and coffee on the page, in my minds eye, I saw a ship towing a giant gardenia. I went through many a ship and composition until I found the one that fit. Then...it hit me! The explorer, Sir Earnest Henry Shackleton, whose Antarctic expedition met with disaster when his ship Endurance got stuck in pack ice. A friend had mentioned him to me when this project began but I hadn't made the connection until now. His story and images are haunting. Eerily reminiscent of what was developing in my own drawing. The policies of our current administration regarding the protection of this planet is disheartening to say the least and the ephemeral quality of this gardenia turned polar icecap took on a new meaning for me.
This project has been my own personal protest march against these policies. Envisioning a world where nature takes back the earth is particularly cathartic for me at a time when I fear this country is lost at sea. So, since a march can last longer than a month I plan to continue this series to see where it takes me. I hope you come along for the ride. Would love to hear your thoughts and comments. I've been working on some paintings too and will post them as soon as I'm able.
On a quick personal note, I finally got help for a rotator cuff injury and slowly feel as though I'm getting back to my old self again. woo hoo!