“The main thing is this — when you get up in the morning you must take your heart in your two hands. You must do this every morning.” - GRACE PALEY on growing older.
I suppose I am at an age where I spend a bit of time thinking about, well, age.
Time seems to run faster the older I get. And quite a few people who once were are no longer. It isn't a morbid dwelling or preoccupation that I have, just a recognition of what time it is (in my life) along with a sense of preciousness.
When Paley's quote crossed my path, a part of me sighed and thought "THIS!" Yes, holding my own heart in my two hands in the morning - it sets me on a path of cherishing the day and myself within it. Mostly. But it is an excellent start to things.
About the art: inspired by some very stylized and abstracted figure suggestions from the AI bot and then rendered with my own particular twist. Beginning with a toned stretched canvas and sketching with loose, liquin-thinned oil paint. Working from the faces outward and using color and highlights to draw the eye to the intimate moment in the center. Carving through wet paint with a very small rubber wedge to create movement in the clothing and background. Resisting the urge to overly define - letting the paint abstract slightly as it moves away from the figures.