Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Wool, Old Spinster II

New Wool, Old Spinster II, Abstract Realism, Elizabeth Roth, June 2016

This is a second version of a subject I painted in May and now have managed to do it the way I really like it, in a more abstract way.  Now I love it, the movement and the magic are released.
This is a watercolor image of a Russian woman walking along the street.  It is done quite abstractly and I really liked the way it speaks to me.  I think she is very patient and brave and though her legs might not be as flexible and strong as earlier in her life, her resolve seemed sure and capable.

I believe that God has an especially merciful heart for the elderly, who often express great faith in him.  I find that as I age, I am drawn more and more closely to him myself.  Through my cottage door, I am amazed at his care for me and for those he loves in this world.  We have so much to look forward to in the life to come.

Watercolor Windowpane Collage
Elizabeth Roth, 2016

This collage is a watercolor painting of the British Army, 8th Company, during WWII in Cairo.  It pictures my father (hat-less) astride an Italian Jeep on a training maneuver to discover land mines.  This group of soldiers was comprised of British, New Zealanders, South Africans and United States Army personnel.  My father did not talk much about the war, but he once told me that he rather got on well with the New Zealanders and thought them a friendly bunch.  Where are these men now?  I do not know if they each made it home after the war.  My father did, after spending four years serving our country as a radio specialist on the front lines.  These men are strangers to me, but familiar just the same as I feel a kinship and gratitude to them for giving what they did to my freedom.  Especially I feel that my father, who I loved more than life itself, was brave and should be remembered as a hero.  He was my hero, anyway.