Each piece in my Recorded Histories series uses text combined with other elements to symbolize ways in which we learn and come to understand truth. Each ink painting is composed of black and white and one accent color. So far I’ve done red and purple- for this piece I decided to use green.
This vibrant green india ink I have always reminds me of emeralds for some reason. I’m not sure why I don’t think of trees or grass- it’s always emeralds. In allowing my mind to ponder on the image of emerald crystals growing under ground, I found some interesting ideas and parallels to life that seemed perfect for inclusion in my Recorded Histories series.
My husband and I sometimes watch shows on TV that highlight people with different livelihoods. Some of the ones we’ve seen showcase people that dig for gold or gemstones, including emeralds. I find it interesting that these people work so hard for the hope of finding something big, something that will make all the time and effort worthwhile. These people will dig for weeks, sometimes months without finding much of anything, and yet they keep going, working on faith that someday they’ll find what they need to survive hidden in the earth.
All of us at some time or other have to act in faith, as well. Whether beginning a new job or business, starting a family, moving to a new town, or even making new friends, we all take risks and act with hope. Though the outcomes vary, I love the imagery of someone digging into the unknown with hope, believing that the reward is just under the next stone, and never giving up until they’ve found it.
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