Friday, September 26, 2008

woman power

I am the such a proponent of strong women. No not bossy, mean women, women who make things happen, women who do hard things, women who do the right thing, women who lead, women who speak up. There is a power and influence that women have founded in intimacy and caregiving. As women our perspective is unique and our voices powerful in the softest lullaby and loudest cry. So often this power goes underutilized or at least underecognized. As women we shape the moral foundations of society we lay the bricks upon which all else is built. Many of my painting have relational themes. My reaching tree series is one of my most favorites and I have recently picked up working on it again. This is my latest addition to the collection. I consider them my feminist paintings. They are to me the embodiment of great women. Firmly rooted and with a solid core, a belief in themselves as agents of change, as powerful, and as a creators of beauty, giving forth life to everything around them. Their beauty, their goodness, their endurance, their acts of faith and kindness, their teachings, reaching up and out in a dizzying array of influence. So imagine yourself as this painting and feel inspired to greater strength and purpose.
And a special shout out to my mom who is truly an example among women and taught me what it means to be a great woman -Happy Birthday!!

1. a husband coming home 2. painting joy 3. ice packs

16 comments:

Jesse Mendez said...
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LL said...

GREAT post SM! I was especially happy to read at the bottom that SD-o made it home. HOORAY!
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one AMAZING mother, I've heard so many great things about her.
She cares for so many, I hope the kind acts are returned to her on her special day!

Smilin' sunshine said...

Why are you thankful for ice packs? Have you had injuries at your house? I am glad your husband made it home, even if he will be gone again tomorrow!

Happy Birthday to your mom!

lyn said...

I love it!! One of these days when I save the money to buy a piece from you I think it may have to be the reaching trees because of the story behind them.

thanks for that entry.

Jenny said...

YOU are the tree.
LOVE this piece, and what it means.
Are the ice packs for your swollen, painting fingers?
Happy Birthday to Smart Mom.

smart mama said...

the ice pack is for my knee-I've had surgery on it twice- it popped funny yesterday and now hurts and is all swollen so i amlimping up and down the steps and sleeping with ice packs

Amy said...

great post!! And I love that painting.

Shelah said...

Now that I know your theory behind your trees, I love mine even more.

Glad Smart Daddy-O made it home!

Hope that Smart Grannie has a good birthday!

Andrea said...

your mom...seriously one in a million. She is so cute in that picture too. I love her hair. Please tell her toodles from me :0)

Tamlynn said...

Happy birthday Les's mom!

sherry said...

Many thanks for the birthday wishes from the Mom who is still learning from her daughter's example! Love you Les!

bluestocking mama said...

love the post! happy birthday, sherry!

Christy said...

Your mom is such an amazing example! You too are well rooted like her and your reach extends to so many!

Swimmingmom said...

How neat to hear the background of your painting. Makes that much more special- thanks for sharing. Happy Birthy too to your Mom. I love that any friend of yours is a friend of hers. She is a shining example to me too.

Lei said...

That was beautiful! And a sweet tribute to your mother there at the end, I can only imagine what an incredible woman she must be!!!

Annalee said...

I found your post leading to Yessy. I just wanted to say lovely work and I particularly like Aspen Panels. If I had to pick a favorite tree I'd pick aspen and I enjoy finding art like your own.