Embrace – Deep Encompassing Love & Motherhood

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“Embrace”  – Motherhood Series of 7 – Painting Three
Acrylic and Pastel on Rives BFK paper on wood panel
20×20 inches

The Background:  
I can’t remember the details of how the idea for this painting came into being but I do remember the color that got me started. Deep wine purple, it was a must. There’s just something so desirable and deeply emotional about that color. It’s just… Ahhh… *Art-Nerding-out In-progress*

The Symbolism:
I give you the symbolism so you know what platform I based the entire series on. This gives you the keys to unlocking your own meaning in each work.

In this series, all are done on a square panel. Each piece depicts many symbols that are significant across many cultures and religions. In each square I’ve superimposed a circle. For each painting the circle or Enso will mean varying things depending on color, placement and application.

– Red, a symbol of love, desire and passion as well as the element of fire and blood.
– Purple, often used in royalty since it was such an expensive color to use on fabrics. Symbol or power, nobility, often tied to wisdom, and dignity.
– The circle is sacred and divine, often a symbol for the woman, earth, eternity, or the womb. A union between heaven and earth.
– The square is often symbolic of Christ or of the man, a symbol for stability, unity, balance, the four elements, four cardinal directions, four phases of humanity. In Islam the square is a symbol for the heart.
– Seven is a symbol of perfection, the days of Creation, the eternities.

Looking at the details:
This panel is covered entirely with rich deep hues of purple and red transitioning into red-oranges. The circle is made up of the two hues formed in opposing sides of the space; similar to a Ying-Yang. The purple is deep and gently washes into the reds. It is also slightly smaller than the red, as if it is being held up or embraced by the red. There are no sharp or distinctive lines, all shapes give off the reference of water or of warm blood pumping through the heart, providing life.

For this I asked my lovely friend and new Mommy Jessica of White Lily Lane to describe to me her feelings of becoming a new mother. Here are her words that tie in so well with the emotions of this pieces.

“I’ve never felt more fulfilled & satisfied with my life. I never knew my heart could hold so many emotions but especially love. Love for my family, love for this tiny new life but especially love for this wonderful man I married. Becoming a new mom has also sharpened my religious beliefs. In my mind, there is no possible way one cannot look at a tiny new baby & not know there is a God.”

What were your feelings as you held your little one for the first time?

McKenna Woolley ART - Embrace

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