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Just Keep Swimming by F.A. Moore
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Oil on canvas
12 × 12 in.
Originally completed, uploaded August 16, 2012
Updated and scanned, April 25, 2013

  There is a maxim, which I’ve just learned of recently,
 
“Just Keep Swimming!”. Elizabeth Bravo, my Solo Exhibition
 
co-host, sometimes says this when either one or both of us seem
 
to be over our heads in responsibilities.

There is only one swimmer in the painting, although you will see three in a primitive portrayal of time-lapse motion. The subject is swimming to keep his or her “head above water”, and not drown in the events or emotions of the moment. (The goggles and cap are inspired by the 2012 London Olympic swimmers.)

During my last session, I noticed a hand beginning to form from the outstretched swimmer’s arm (mid-backstroke), at the bottom, around the rightmost swirl. I followed this vision a bit and painted into it, as if to insinuate that the subject is grasping and holding this powerful, natural force at bay, attempting to control it and keep it away from themselves. Do you see it?

Is “Just Keep Swimming” a good maxim; does this work for the human condition we call “stress” and for life’s “deep end” events?

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2013-05-23 in Women Painters

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swimming, pool, swimming in ocean, abstract art, abstract swimmers, swimming oil painting, blue and green water painting, just keep swimming, keep on swimming, keep your head above water, overcome the odds, fa moore

Comments

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...almost 2 years ago

    Love how this focuses on the swimmer’s heart and determined look.
    Thank you for sharing your journey of creation with us in the workshop.
    I have learned much watching you, and delighted in steps of creation and watching the progress. Great work, and thank you for an awesome experience.

  • I guess the heart, which was “on second thought” did come into focus, once I removed much of the former movement. Thanks, Corri. I enjoyed the workshop too, and enjoyed seeing you work.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Robin King
    Robin Kingalmost 2 years ago

    YAY!!
    Splendid!
    Love the colors and the concept. AND how each of the representations of the swimmer is slightly different, with a slightly different expression. Life changes us: effort creates change.

    Is that her profile, in horizontal, at the top?

    This is wonderful!
    ::applause::

  • I wasn’t seeing that until you pointed it out (if you mean the very large shape that seems like a profile in outline). No it wasn’t meant to be that. Amazing the things that come out in abstract. Thanks, Robin. Effort creates change. I like that. It’s true!

    – F.A. Moore

  • AsEyeSee
    AsEyeSeealmost 2 years ago

    A very “moving” piece, Frannie! One can easily see that you were inspired while creating this work. Extremely well done from start to finish. Thank you for sharing your talents!

  • Thank you so much, Jamie!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Terri Maddock
    Terri Maddockalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful inspiring work Frannie, really emotive and strong – keep going and you’ll make it!

  • That’s the theme, Terri, thank you.

    – F.A. Moore

  • © Helen Chierego
    © Helen Chieregoalmost 2 years ago

    Frannie, now that I look at the finished swimmers they also look…to my eyes…like sleepers…the swim goggles also look like sleep masks and the waves like a blanket…they could be visiting a spa! Great finish!

  • Ah! That would be refreshing! Thanks, Helen!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous creation . Cool and lovely.

  • Appreciate it, Bunny.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 2 years ago

    Love this Frannie!! :)

  • Thanks, Keith! :)

    – F.A. Moore

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsalmost 2 years ago

    Awesome fnish Frannie, beautiful work, love the colours, movement and textures….wow!!!

  • Thanks, Kathie.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonalmost 2 years ago

    Bravo Frannie!! I think the title may describe your experience with this piece as well!! You kept swimming! Lovely vibrant piece that feels very hopeful !

  • Haha! Kind of, yeah. Oh, I’m glad it feels that way, Leslie. Thank you for your encouraging words.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 2 years ago

    Success! Loved watching Frannie. Both your deep thought and your passion seep through pores of the canvas to help shape the paint.

  • Jim, were you watching from a distance? Okay the next workshop, Figurative, I believe -you must- please join in. ;) They helped shaped the paint, alright, but I wasn’t totally comfortable here, which I believe also shows through, honestly.

    – F.A. Moore

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