Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Survivor" - (Fall leaf W.I.P. - Step 2 - Completion!)


Watercolor with gouache on watercolor paper - 6" x 6" (SOLD)

Survivor n. One who carries on despite hardships or trauma; to persevere.

In step one I mentioned finding this leaf last fall with the intention of painting it then. Then it got pushed further and further back.

Surprisingly, the leaf remained relatively intact all this time! Sure there are stress marks and it's crumbling yet the glimpses of intense color are still there. I see great beauty in that!

Even though it has fallen long ago, the leaf managed to hang on. Weathered and blemished with just about everything thrown its way....it is a survivor!

And each new crack and chip becomes a battle scar of all it's endured. It literally becomes more powerful as it deteriorates.

Its struggle is its story. How it managed to make it this far is a testament to hidden strength. It is HOPE made tangible!

Maybe one day I can be like this leaf. To overcome. To endure. To be a survivor.

23 comments:

Steven Anthony said...

so beautiful my friend.....

Eduardo Guize said...

You are!

Mona said...

beautiful Dean! Wonderful detail, but also fresh!

Randuwa said...

full of warmth and passion, simply beautiful, Dean. Bravo!

suzanneberry said...

you ARE that leaf, right now! the only "time" there really is, is now and you ARE a survivor.

This is stunning, delicate, strong and present, like you!

Thank you so much for your kind comments, I really appreciate them.

naturgesetz said...

Thanks for putting this striking piece of artwork up for auction. I hope we can get a bidding war going. If only I had won "Crumbling," the two would have made a nice pair, but even by itself, this will be a great one to have (for me or anyone who outbids me), Actually, if someone does outbid me, I hope it will be the buyer of "Crumbling," since the two share a common theme.

robertga99 said...

Oh, I love it! I will be bidding.

stanw said...

Beautiful, beautiful job of the leaf. You end by talking about overcoming, enduring, surviving and never the victim word, that is a triumph. I think you are already a survivor, Dean, and the beauty in you is still there and comes out in your personality, drawing, attitude and desire to help others, as you Uncle, encouraging David with your mail, etc. Take good care.

sMacThoughts said...

Love your back story... the talent you possess is wonderful!

Aries said...

beautiful, Dean.

Dean Grey said...

Steven!

Thanks!

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Eduardo!

It doesn't always feel like it.

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Mona!

I tried to pump as much detail into this as I could!

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Randy!

*bows*

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Suzanne!

So in this moment I'm a survivor, huh?

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naturgesetz!

Good eye! Yes, this painting was meant to go hand-in-hand with "Crumbling" but I wasn't able to paint them around the same time.

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robertga99!

Good luck, Bob!

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Stan!

I appreciate the kind words!

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sMacThoughts!

Glad you enjoyed it!

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Aries!

Thank you!

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Everyone's thoughtful comments are very much appreciated!

-Dean

JM said...

Perfect, Dean! Just lovely!

DKSmall, artist said...

Mine mine mine....

Kelly T Keating said...

Beautiful Dean! You have great talent. The texture of the dried leaf is wonderfully rendered and I a love the shadow giving it a trompe l'oeil effect like Harnett or Peto.

Best, Kelly

Dean Grey said...

JM!

Thanks for that!

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DKSmall!

You have some competition, David!

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Kelly!

Glad you're noticing the tiny details in this painting!

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It's always nice hearing from you three gentlemen!

-Dean

martha miller (it's all art, isn't it?) said...

Beautiful! The painting; You.

Dean Grey said...

Martha!

Thanks for that!

-Dean

naturgesetz said...

Dang! I was outbid.

I hope the winner was the one who got "Crumbling." That way, at least the pair will be together.

(And the price should be encouraging.)

Ekanthapadhikan said...

You've said it right. Powerful colours, indeed!

Randuwa said...

I feel like the arrival of "Survivor" ought to be treated as a homecoming of sorts, and it will hang in company with "Crumbling" in my home -- you may never know just how prescient the works are to me, my life, and my present circumstances. But I tell you this: they are cherished and inspiring in a way that gives life to me and others.

Dean Grey said...

naturgesetz!

No worries.

Yes, the winner of "Crumbling" was also the winner of "Survivor" so they'll be in the same home!

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Ekan!

Glad you think so!

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Randy!

I know you'll take good care of both of them!

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I always appreciate what you three have to say!

-Dean

Dean Scott said...

This reminds me of the morning after an early snow storm while there are still nice size leaves on the trees. It's a beautiful image.

Dean Grey said...

Dean!

Fallen leaves are just so gorgeous to me--especially the damaged, marred ones.

-Dean