A labyrinth of a woman's own mystery, her own splitting into her own mother, and her own mother's mother, into a fluid dream of past lives and histories multifoliate like the very tree of Life itself.
A decadent dream, an awakening envisioning, a surreal inner vision of the magnificence and marvelousness the Love and heartache one woman endures and triumphs over, in her being simply our one and only Mother.
How I Made this Artwork
"Dream of all my Mothers" is an acrylic painting I originally did on canvas, on a studio-experiment after sourcing a used office partition from the Craigslist free section. I loved the material and the texture of the partition, but had to figure out how to remove all the fiberglass specks once I was done removing it from its metal frame.
After cleaning it, I stretched it on studio-made stretcher bars sourced from Home Depot, then I gessoed the surface and began free-association sketching the composition with charcoal pencil.
I used my Golden Acrylics to block in red values around the beating heart and swirling arteries and veins and various other blues and ochres and yellow and greens to block in areas where the mother-figures and their dream / spirit animals were suddenly appearing to me, to levitate.
I really wanted to capture the dreamy feeling since this artwork was deeply symbolic of my love for my own mother, but even more, the incomprehensible awareness of how my mother had a mother, hers had a mother, and each and every one had a mother throughout the stretch of Earthly-Time, to the very origin of Life.
To try and enunciate these feelings, I drew upon hypnotic linework and ethereal color values and hues to give the painting many different places of optical heights, maybe, I thought, to provoke the same sense of weightlessness I felt while thinking of its messages.
Also for this reason I chose amongst many intuitive animals ideas which came to me, a bird, all the way to a fish, to also represent that depth from dream all the way to taking flight.
I completed this painting with my Wacom tablet, transforming the face of the woman-figure facing right, into what I wanted to feel like a Flamenco dancer, in homage to the mothers of my Spanish and Mexican ancestry, especially to compliment my mothers of my Scottish and Germanic side. With my Wacom tablet I worked the broken, beating heart into a rose as a reflection of the roses worn by many Flamenco dancers.
It too is broken, but still beating, to signify to me the powerful love all mothers give throughout their lives regardless of Love-Unrequited by their mates or their children, while they live this waking-dream of all our now sleeping mothers.
Thinking about a Gift for Someone Special?
"Dream of All My Mothers" would make a wonderful gift to someone who feels passionately about motherhood. I have made several gorgeous custom studio prints of this painting for friends who think and feel everyday about the magic of motherhood.
Especially those wonderful ladies I've had the privilege of knowing who truly feel the emotional spectrum that motherhood grows a woman through.
Art Materials and Supplies that Made this Art
I made "The Dream of All my Mothers" with my:
Custom Sourced Canvas
Brush Kit (Various) and
Wacom Intuos Pro tablet and stylus.