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

A Mutual Inspiration

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Miniature Bed and A Book Of Noble Character
by Carolyne Swayze at the author’s home.
It is quite amazing in how many different ways the Inspiration can burst a Creativity! After Carolyne Swayze, the author of the book, which inspired me to paint, purchased the art (see the previous post Red Rose) she decided to create a miniature bed with a little book Of Noble Character
I was in AWE when I saw this creation: just look at the bed, and the book, ah! I wish she had a website for those miniatures. I am crazy about them. I was actually thinking of painting a miniature artwork for Doll Houses one day. Once I’ve even did for the little house that I’ve created (see the post 

The Smallest Lilac in The World 


This little house with original masterpiece was given to my niece for last Christmas:

The multi-leveled inspiration is spectacular. Now I am convinced to paint miniatures in the near future. 
Yep, Miss Inspiration goes round and round My Friends :0)

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

Red Rose

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Red Rose
This beautiful Rose (or shell I say the photo that became an inspiration for this painting) was featured on the book of an
incredible woman writer Carolyne Swayze . Her novel  Of  Noble Character is sailing the world right now (literally and virtually)Being a person of multiple talents, just name a few such singing, song writing, and even creating outstanding miniatures for Collectible Doll Houses;  she wrote this book after a deep research of European and American history. And even though her book is a fiction, a story about people in the book appears more than real. I am only on my first chapter, but already feel I am involved with the lives of the characters, their worries and victories of everyday lives. I was amazed how easily the author plays with the past and present tense, engaging her readers to be THERE and NOW. 
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A little bit about my Rose Painting
I’ve decided to paint this flower slightly different from a realistic still life in the interior. I intentionally left white background with no shadows as the
symbol of purity, and I thought of placing the leaves like open arms as if they invite the viewer to enjoy the beauty. If curious, you can compare the original picture with the painting by clicking HERE. It is interesting how we, the Artists, can interpret and present a picture of a simple flower bringing our personal experience into a story.
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I also thought that this Red Rose would make a wonderful either Birthday or a Thank-You card. See my  design below:
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Original Art painted in watercolor. Size 10″x14″. Arches Cold Pressed Paper.
In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul