To share with you something of the process of creating one of my artworks, I have created this montage of six stages of A Handful of Faith. This is a pastel painting, using pastel pencils on Pastelmat paper. This allows for a lot of detail which is of course important to me, and as the pastel builds and blends on the page it becomes beautifully creamy.
This artwork speaks to me of universiality, ritual and of course faith. We each have many rituals in our day to day lives, most of which we may not be aware of till circumstances change and we then become aware of all the ways we usually like to do things. The rituals associated with prayer can be specific to religions, or specific to individuals, and they can bring as much comfort as the words themselves.
I have no doubt that these hands have held these beads countless times, and that the movements are so embedded in the memory of the muscles that they have taken on a life of their own. There is a beauty in that familiarity, and in the faith of the person we observe. Their anonymity makes it easy for us to identify with them, perhaps thinking of ourselves, our grandparents, people we may have met or of the greater hands of a faith that holds us.
Once the full series of hands studies has been completed, I will make available limited edition prints and greetings cards of A Handful of Faith, A Handful of Lotus Seeds, A Handful of Salt, A Handful of Chillies and the others.
Thanks go to Réhahn Photography for his amazing image.