When I started this piece of artwork, it looked like things might be better for society. The directives from the government concerning Covid-19 were saying that shops would begin to slowly open. I was glad to hear that. The businesses around me that had not permanently closed had a chance to survive.
During the time of stay at home orders, I did a great deal of thinking about what was happening to both myself and society. It occurred to me that many people were in the same boat I was. I reflected on what others seemed to be feeling, and what I felt. Then I considered how to bridge the gap between reality and possibility. I wanted to capture hope and positivity and create an image that was restful and inspire resilience.
The title Second Season came from the idea of renewal after winter. I found comfort in the idea that the harshest winters always end. Troubled times don’t last forever. Spring will always come. It may be late, but it will eventually show up.
As an artist, I strive to have a narrative quality in my work. To achieve this, I choose images that are symbolic representations of my thoughts. Second Season is a piece that has a great deal to say.
The watering can with the gems sprinkling out. Without water, nothing would grow. Flowing water represents spirituality and the human connection. The gems are the sparkles that buttress us against the darkest days and represent the jubilance of the great times in life.
Purple iris with three buds. This could be simply seen as the hopeful growth giving hints as to what may come. As a Christian, I used these three buds to symbolize the Holy Trinity. During the darkest times in my life, I have spent many hours praying. During times of grace, I thank God for my blessings. I believe that there is a higher power and that we are all connected.
Hens and chicks: This is one of my favorite plants because it is hardy in the dry Colorado climate. For me, it represents family. I believe that we all need a group of people to rely upon and to share our ups and downs. Maybe your family or tribe is not one that you are born into, but one you created or joined.
The hollyhock: The leaves of this tall flowering plant are still just a mass of chaos near the ground indicating potential growth that is unproven. In fact, it’s hard to tell which leaf is which. It represents the days near the end of the ‘safer-at-home’ order. The news that was broadcast about the upcoming opening of America seemed to be a jumble of rules and ideas. No one really seemed to know what was going on, but there was going to be growth. It just looked a little disorganized.
The pink flamingo lawn ornament: To me, nothing says relaxation like the flamingo. There are no flamingos in Colorado unless you go to the zoo, but that bird brings me joy. Maybe it is the color or the vibe I associate with it. Every time I see a depiction, I instantly feel a little lighter. I want people who view this piece to feel that dash of whimsy.
The seed packet and crumpled paper. The seed packet represents planting what you want to see grow. Just like a garden, people sow what they want their futures to look like. The packet is called Second Season because there seems to be times in life where things end and fresh chapters start. The crumpled paper represents all the things that are in the past. The recording of events has happened, and now it is time to move forward. Dreams and failures are on that paper. It is time to bury it in the garden and grow a new future. I’ve found there’s not much to live for if all I replay in my head is the past. I cannot fix or alter the events that happened, nor can I relive them. Looking forward and seeing possibility seems to be far more fulfilling then looking back to remember glory days and times of failure.
Second Season is a mixed media piece made with watercolor, colored pencil, and ink on watercolor paper. If you would like to learn more or shop, please visit Mastiff-Studios.com.