blogBoat loads of strength and focus

November 11, 2014
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Jammed into a little panel…

This may be a smaller piece for me, but it one that I am definitely connected to. It was made to evoke ideas of strength, focus, and in a less obvious way, good fortune.

Whether traditional or part of my own personal totem dictionary, I am a sucker for symbolism. In this little number, I chose a tiger to represent strength, courage and protection. Then there is the pyramid, that is tied to the ideas of pulling away negative energy and increasing focus. The concept of focus is furthered by the tiger’s gaze, aimed intently on the form. Although subtle, the five-petalled floral pattern in the background mimics the basic shape of the apple blossom, which is symbolic of better things to come and good fortune.

This piece has a nice energy to it. The elements in this piece ended up creating a narrative more personal than I had intended. When I began searching for framing wood for this piece, I became a bit discouraged with my selection. Luckily, I found the ideal piece of wood, which yielded just enough for the frame. The old, chipped paint in blues, greens and white, worked perfectly with the colors of the piece. 

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