Well, 2012 did not go as I anticipated. Mid-way through my path took a detour. As many of you know I'm going through treatments for breast cancer, of which I have been told my prognosis is good. I still have a way to go, but am looking forward to having a better 2013!
This detour has made me stop and reflect, more than I usually do, and I'm looking forward to seeing how my future unfolds as I hope this experience is giving me some more insight than I had before. I'm not sure how this will come through in my art, but I know it will somehow.
Most people know that birds are among my favorite subjects to paint—and for years I have heard people share some very personal reflections about their connections they have with them. For me it is also a deep, even spiritual connection—not only in painting, but also in my life, many experiences I have had resulted from this connection to birds, and nature.
Right around the time of my diagnosis I found a barn owl primary feather, while walking my dog (it's not where I would really imagine finding one), it felt like a sign from the universe that things will be okay. It may be silly, but I like the idea and for all the stories that people have told me over the years about how special birds are to them, I will take them as a good sign. Next time you come across a feather, I hope you smile.
I wish you all a Happy Healthy New Year!
Monday, December 31, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
|"Vantage Point" watercolor © Beatrice Bork|
17th Annual Holiday Show:
Reception: Saturday, December 8, 4 – 7 pm
Exhibit Dates: Dec 7, 2012 – Feb 3, 2013
Artists' Gallery is located at 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ
Gallery hours: Fri/Sat/Sun 11 am – 6 pm
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Among the paintings I'm exhibiting is a new painting that I had started right before my diagnosis (breast cancer) that I feel was a foretelling/symbolic painting of sorts. It is a painting of a house sparrow, perched on a lamp-post at Lambertville Station. The bird has a unique "Vantage Point" at sunset—and in a way at the moment I finished the piece I was feeling that same way. My situation had me stop and look around, I had time to reflect—where I was and where I was headed. I am going through treatments and looking forward to the next chapter when I can enjoy a new sunrise.