"Sweet Love Submersive"
24" x 36"
watercolour on canvas
You may recall a few weeks ago, I was working on a painting for a juried community arts initiative.
Well, the piece is finished, sealed, wired, and delivered - and I got the call today that it had been accepted!
So as promised, here is the rest of the story:
Sweet Love Submersive
24”x36” watercolour on canvas
Christy DeKoning 2010
“There was a girl who woke up one morning without a dad.
He got lost in the dark. The girl knew he wouldn't come back because the place he went was too cold. The Water Wind pulled at him, bringing him deeper until he wasn't there anymore.
The girl got lost in many ways, and she knew not to trust water that was cold or dark. She knew to stay away, and she wondered why he didn't know what the Water Wind could do to him.
Many years later, when the girl was less a girl than a woman, and she wasn't quite so lost anymore, she ventured into the deep and cold. The Water Wind pulled at her – they tried to bring her down, too, but she held on to the Edge. She felt what he did, but didn't have to give in.”
~ Jenny-Rae Merritt 2010
“Sweet Love Submersive” is a collaboration between artists Christy DeKoning and Jenny-Rae Merritt.
On a windy, cold day in April, Jen and I took off to push our edges in the frigid waters of Lake Erie.
Jen was ferociously brave and stayed in the water for as many photos as we could manage before my fingers froze (yes, I was the one who caved first!)
Back in the studio, I was responsible for both pushing my own artistic edge with different colour choices and techniques than I would normally choose, and for creating a piece that represented all the emotional edges that Jenny-Rae had pushed (and conquered) while posing for me.
To finish it off, Jenny-Rae's story is painted on the edge of the canvas.
~ Christy DeKoning 2010