Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Murex Lace Shell & Maple Leaf

                                                     Murex Lace Shell and Maple Leaf

Oil on Cradles Panel  8"x8"  $125

My paternal Grandfather returned to his native Denmark to serve as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in about 1905 and returned to Idaho and his family in about 1908. He brought this wonderful shell with him then.
As a child, I was sure it was the seas around Denmark that I could hear roaring by putting my ear to its opening.
I loved knowing that by touching this shell, I was touching something of my Grandfather who died before I was born. Much of our Family History is represented by it. One of my father's brothers was born and died while their father was away. Another brother, just older than my father, also died during that time.
The leaf was caught my eye a few days ago while walking my little Lili Chili Chihuahua.
I thought the choice to paint them together was purely random.....
But in the process of painting, I became more and more aware of the Divine Patterns they have in common with each other and even with me and with you.

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