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?
2013-05-23 in Women Painters