The Glow Will Guide Me

Shirley McMahon

Norquay, Canada

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The Glow evolved from a photograph which I took in 1989, of a Bard Owl in a West Coast forest. It and I stared at eachother with no more than ten feet between us.

On the moment I used up all the film in my camera, she flew away from her tree-limb perch.
The Glow represents a time of immense personal pain and deep loneliness and grief. I had walked away from an unfulfilling and childless marriage, with all it’s dreams in tow.

The Glow is a time of transition from this darkness into the light of life. It became a time of spring, renewal, creativity and life.

I was alone and it was my birthday .

….just a note….I have never seen Lord of the Rings nor read any of the books…I say this because I have had much feedback on this piece as to this query. This feedback is from people who have seen it hanging. A curious experience for me to watch.

Mixed media watercolour on full sheet of 140 lb. d’Arches watercolour paper. Process involved use of Schminckies soft pastels, charcoal, coloured pencil, watercolour pencil and acrylic ink.

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