So, we sprayed the canvas (16 x 20) with water, and brushed on fluid acrylics, creating rich strokes of colour and movement. Wow!
As Christine painted, I could see a theme developing. When she added the turquoise arrow-like marks I felt sure where she was heading. When she added the teepee images I interrupted. "Christine, you are channeling the truth and reconciliation talks going on right now", I said. She was surprised, "Yes!" she replied. Christine is a very intuitive painter - she gets in the 'zone' and away she goes. You know, it was very exciting for all of us in the studio.
In the process of creating these pieces, we had all taped off a small portion of the painting at the bottom, to be a contrast to the free flowing section. I said, "This is where you have to make a conscious decision. This section is the punctuation to what you have stated on top. First, I saw black, for the terror, and horror, but maybe also for strength, for ravens... Then, I saw red, for lives lost. But finally, I saw green, for renewal and hope. Christine chose renewal and hope. I think she should offer this painting to Buffy Sainte Marie, whom I adore and who sang at the closing ceremony. This painting was wrought from the finest sentiments....
Here is her painting, alone. I hope someone takes the time to look at this and comment. You have no idea the bravery and single-mindedness it takes to create a piece like this. Love you, Christine!