Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Chambered Nautilus"

5" x 7" Watercolor and Gouache on Parchment
Contact Stephanie to purchase this painting
"A Painting a Day" to Benefit
The Lake County Haven

I have always been fascinated with the chambered nautilus. I find the swirling chambers that chronicle the mollusk's growth incredibly hypnotic.

I decided to tackle this subject for today's painting in a combination of watercolor and gouache. Again, I decided to give this piece a "vintage" feel, as though it had been painted  long ago on a postcard during a seaside holiday.

I am thoroughly enjoying painting in this technique. I am getting a bit more comfortable with the gouache everyday, but it is a bit trickier than the transparent watercolor.

Again, there is a metaphorical connection that can be made between the journey of the mollusk as it grows, and the path taken by the courageous women who turn to The Haven for help. Many are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Others are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Most are grappling with serious physical and mental health issues. Nearly all are unemployed, underemployed, heavily indebted, and/or unable to pay rent. These women work incredibly hard to grow and transform, just like the mollusk who creates this beautiful shell.

This painting is sold framed as shown
when bid meets the "Buy It Now" price listed.
9" x 11" Madrid Black Frame with easel back
"Year after year beheld the silent toil
That spread his lustrous coil;
Still, as the spiral grew,
He left the past year’s dwelling for the new,
Stole with soft step its shining archway through,
Built up its idle door,
Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

This painting is offered for sale on ebay. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Lake County Haven to help it fulfill its mission to empower homeless women and their children to achieve permanent, independent living. Founded in 1992, the Haven fulfills its mission by providing shelter, housing, and professional services in support of its residents and graduates.

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