|  February 5, 2014

“When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.” -Sufi epigram

mixed media
12×12 inches

This painting was completed shortly after the last painting I posted about. I am finally digging into my images and photos that were damaged by the flood. The tree used to be a full color print. Once it sat in several feet of water for a few days, the ink all leached out, leaving the faded tree with the magenta stain above. I have been wanting to use this image for a while, but I wasn’t ready. I am now. This is part of my “flooded” series, or something like that. I am sure the proper name for it will come to me as I work through it.

“I can’t go on, I’ll go on.” -Samuel Beckett


  1. by Sue Marrazzo on February 5, 2014  4:06 pm Reply

    Great quote and I love this work! NICE Bridgette!

    • by bridgette on February 5, 2014  4:07 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Sue

  2. by Jo Murray on February 5, 2014  4:15 pm Reply

    The textures and layering are is the damaged image. Love it.

  3. by Tina Clark on February 5, 2014  5:07 pm Reply

    The painting is gorgeous, and the quote is so appropriate. Isn't it interesting what serendipity can come out of the ashes (or in this case receding floodwaters).

    • by bridgette on February 6, 2014  11:13 am Reply

      It's true. We need it to look for the best in all situations, that's for sure. Luckily as artists we can create from all sources, happy, sad, painful, promising. Thankful for that!

  4. by windrock studio on February 5, 2014  9:20 pm Reply

    I'm so thrilled that you used this lovely, faded tree ... the whole piece is wonderful.

    • by bridgette on February 6, 2014  11:13 am Reply

      thank you! I have another one that I can't wait to use. It's really quite dramatic. Not sure if I'll be able to do it justice, but I'll try!

  5. by Just Jen on February 6, 2014  1:06 pm Reply

    spectacular! the gist of cathartic works comes through. not sure how. but it does. this work is both fraught with intensity and calm. love it.

    • by bridgette on February 9, 2014  10:39 pm Reply

      thanks jen. Intensity + Calm... hmmm, I like that!

  6. by Nancy Goldman on February 11, 2014  10:27 am Reply

    The image of the tree looks perfect in this piece. Maybe its transformation is the one good thing that came from the flood.

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