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Making Art to a Theme

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Making Art to a Theme

During the past few weeks I have been busy creating art for the upcoming Water themed exhibition at Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa. I shipped the completed painting, Waves and Swirls, with FedEx this past Monday, June 8 and it is estimated to arrive at the museum tomorrow, Friday the 12th. Hopefully all goes well with the shipping since to my dismay I learnt that with FedEx one can only insure a painting for up to $1000 and this piece is valued at $2000. So, may its travels be safe and go smoothly!

The Water Exhibition is a collaborative exhibition involving the members of Nordic 5 Arts, a professional artist's group consisting of members born in or with heritage in or admiration of or inspiration from the five Nordic countries: Denmark and Finland and Iceland and Norway and Sweden. I have shown with this group many a times all over the Bay Area and beyond. This is our first show in Iowa and Vesterheim Museum is in reality a museum of Norwegian heritage.

Creating this painting, Waves and Swirls, 36 by 24 inches, acrylic on stretched canvas, was a true challenge for me. I wanted to create a piece that talks about the constant and neverending flow of energy, water being the metaphor. I wanted to create a piece that talks about how everything great is created from the united small. How even the greatest oceans are built from drops of water. I also wanted to reflect on the fact that our differences are superficial and this rainbow is beautiful and nothing to fear because underneath it all we are truly one and in reality all separation is an illusion.

There are at least five different versions in this painting. It took this before I could declare this piece done. Yes, my artworks tell me when enough is enough and I can stop working on them.