Friday, November 13, 2009

THE HOLDING PATTERN

"The Holding Pattern"
Acrylic 16 by 20
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I have been lax about entering any photos
on this siteas I am doing nothing but paintings for
an exhibit in Eastport Maine next June.
I did journaling steady for a year and think
that it honed my observstions---I am so grateful
for all the helpful comments I received and
still look at your works when I am taking a breather.

The result of not having a model to pose for me is I am the one holding the huge fish--this is not a self portrait but rather how I feel bout parts of my life. Some of the symbolism relates to how I never want to let go of the Ireland Journey in my heart.





19 comments:

bendelachanal said...

What a portrait, I love it. The symbol, the warm colors and
on Friday the 13th!
It is beautiful

john.p said...

You've been quiet for a while, Winna. Glad you haven't stopped the art. I noticed the Celtic pattern, but can't figure the symbolism of the fish.

scus said...

Nice portrait, must have been difficult to accomplish.

Ann said...

This is such an engaging painting! Lovely work as usual. I look forward to seeing more of your paintings.

Gail said...

How wonderful to have you back in this medium and this grand scale. I love the painting! It glows figuratively and literally. And yes, I see a bit of the artist in the figure who is clearly much older and weathered. MORE!!!

Shirley said...

Missed you! Lovely drawing and colors as usual!

raena said...

Oh my goodness, I love this. Really. I love the strangeness of a portrait of someone holding a fish! And, when I saw it, I noticed the self-portrait in it!

Anonymous said...

John asked about the fish as a symbol...for this painting I am holding on to the 'fertile creativeness"---just one of the many things fish may represent from all races and countries and all ages---the fish has symbolized many things. Just Google 'fish as a symbol'---I have loved to use them for years as have other artists. Winna

MaryO said...

How good to see you posting again, Winna. You have been missed, but I must say this painting is worth the wait. Your work has great strength!

Claire M said...

I've missed your posts!! Welcome back!

kazumiwannabe said...

It's a beautiful painting and a very fascinating portrait. It feels warm because of your smile and the way you hold the fish (possessively but gently : ). There's a very deep joy coming from the painting, like a little light, shy but very present.
In short, I love it - wish I could see your exhibition!

Jules said...

Winna, This is just wonderful - I love your arm around the fish and the enigmatic smile you've captured on your 'subject'. super! (and great to hear from you!)

marancat said...

I have missed your posts so it is good to see this portrait. I do hope there will be more of your painting to see before too long. Looking forward to hearing more about your exhibition too.

Lesley said...

I love this piture, a self portrait with a fish! It's beautiful. The bird paintings are simply lovely too. Thank you for sharing :o)

caseytoussaint said...

You really do beautiful work.

Margaret Ann said...

A spectacular piece Winna...You always have such heart in your work! :) LovelY! :)

Amber said...

Awesome picture Noknee!

Anonymous said...

You have managed to pull it off again. Only you would do a self portrait with a fish. I bet that is almost a first. Signifying your originality.
Nancy Masters

Jennifer Lawson said...

OMG, I love this. What a wonderful and beautifully done portrait.