Standing By The Sea

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This painting was an inspiration after reading a beautiful poem Standing By The Sea by Carolyne Swayze. The author approached me with the request to illustrate the poem; and, the moment I read it, I knew what I wanted and how I wanted it to be painted.
 The poem was speaking to me in a very personal way. I’ve remembered my Grandmother who died at the end of year 2000, right before I came to America. It was so hard to let her go. She was my true soul mate ( in more Universal than romantic way). Living long but very hard life, she made herself becoming my great example; and, even now, writing this note I feel her peaceful presence in my memory (yet for some reason the tears are ready to come out)
I am sure that the poem would find a place in the hearts of the readers.
In my painting the boat is sailing into the Future, but the girl has her own Future and needs to find her own way. Her hand touches the heart and her heart is aligned with the ship at the horizon. The clouds on the left are darker and dramatic, when the clouds on the right are melting away lit by a Sun.
The poem speaks for itself:
Standing By The Sea
One day as I stood by the sea,
a sailing ship did sail towards me.
What beauty I thought,
what splendor, what grace,
when all at once my heart did race,
for as it neared, at a leisurely
pace,
I saw a figure with my mother’s face.
I called to her with all my might,
she turned and smiled, then sailed
out of sight.
For one eternal moment I stood and
stared,
before falling to my knees in
motherless despair.
At just that moment I heard a sound,
through teary eyes, I looked around,
to see an Angel, hovering over the
ground.
The Angel spoke in hallowed voice,
“Rejoice, dear child, for on
this day
a trip to Glory is underway,
and when she reaches the arriving
shore,
she’ll greet loved ones gone on
before.
So lament no more,”  the
Angel scried,
“For God’s Kingdom awaits her on
the other side.”
© Copyright 1997 Carolyne Swayze
All rights reserved. 
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Original Artwork is 16″x12″ on 300 lb Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper

In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

6 thoughts on “Standing By The Sea

  1. That's so beautiful, both the artwork and the poem. They both express the tender emotions so perfectly, especially posted together. I love how you made the woman's clothing and hair blowing in the wind.

  2. Thank you so much Katherine, I really put a lot of thinking into composition. It appears simple to the viewer, but there are many symbols in this painting. For example the wall of rocks represent the barrier between the real world and the outer world (yet one rock is smaller than others presenting a tiny gate towards the unknown)..
    Thanks again,
    Irina

  3. I almost missed this one dear Irina! The poem is beautiful as are your thoughts of your dear Grandmother.I had a loving Grandmother too.
    The painting is perfection and really 'speaks'!
    Much love xxx

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