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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
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
before falling to my knees in
At just that moment I heard a sound,
through teary eyes, I looked around,
to see an Angel, hovering over the
The Angel spoke in hallowed voice,
“Rejoice, dear child, for on
a trip to Glory is underway,
and when she reaches the arriving
she’ll greet loved ones gone on
So lament no more,” the
“For God’s Kingdom awaits her on
the other side.”
© Copyright 1997 Carolyne Swayze
All rights reserved.
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