Thursday, May 19, 2011

Facing West - Sunflower

Facing West - Sunflower,  approx 6 x 8" colored pencil on black paper
©2007, Helen Read 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Prototype - abstract

Untitled,  3.5 x 5.5" acrylic/watercolor on paper 
©2011, Helen Read 

This one is a small prototype, planning for a larger work.  I really like the sense of color that it exudes, and what you can't see is that it is also quite iridescent.  Stay tuned!  More will come.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Beach Scene

Stillness,  11x14 acrylic on paper
©1995,Helen Read
Private Collection 
Something from the distant archives! 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Crab Apple Bloom

Crab Apples in Bloom,  9x12" Oil pastel on paper 
©2008, Helen Read 
Ready to mat and frame 

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Nest Series, oil on canvas
©2008, Helen Read 

In honor of Mother's Day, I'm reposting this series - which is in a private collection.
I painted this showing the progression of my experience as a mother - a full nest, which was just wonderful!  I have three great kids ... I couldn't have been blessed with more wonderful kids, either. 
I loved each day being a mom with a full nest! 
And then... they began to fly from the nest.
They left behind a reminders of themselves - and now all three are flying (mostly) on their own.
Its a difficult transition in some ways... and yet, its what we raise them to be - productive, independent adults who are contributing to their world in unique and valuable ways.
Of course, they do come back to visit - they do keep in touch - we continue to have a wonderful relationship over a huge stretch of miles .... and yet, sometimes the nest feels quite empty.

So, when the nest feels empty - I try to remember that they are following their callings.  They are doing well.  They are using their unique gifts.  They are having a positive influence in the world. 
And that was the goal.

Monday, May 2, 2011