This is the first painting after the loss of my beloved Rocko, I will miss that little dog for the rest of my life. We grew up and grew old together, he was there for me when no other person was, or could be, I have lost the best companion in the world. I have for the last few weeks been lost and out of focus with life. He is in a better place, and I am left to learn anew, how to work without him in my life, and I owe it to him and myself to do just that.
Long Boats: Adrift is a marriage of my LongBoats and Red Herring series. I am working on this painting in oil and cold wax, so the surface is pregnant with marks and textures that create an aged; yet ethereal feeling to the painting. I think this is a good way to begin again for me personally, to lean on the past and search for the future. The transport of the boat is both literal and and philosophical on many levels in my work as are the red herrings, both are prevalent thoughts in my studio right now.
I put little reminders of my life in the textures and embedded into the surface, a bittersweet reminder of life gone by.
I try to challenge myself with each figure I paint; to create something that is new and exemplifies my current state of being. I found this figure did just that for me. The figure is above it all; yet still tied to things below, very much the way my life feels. I am here but my mind is still tethered to the past, yet as an optimistic fisherman I am hopeful.
LongBoats: Adrift by Cathy Hegman oil and wax on wood 36 x 24.
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