Blue woman on stone
This blue woman carried a stone. What a heavy burden! Now she’s resting on it. Exhausted she is. Blue is the color of depression and melancholy. The brick wall in the background makes it immediately clear that she is a painted woman with a painted stone. So, it is a scene in an outside space. Everyone can see her fight. It is an uncomfortable confrontation with someone else’s problem. Or do we recognize ourselves in the blue woman?
Everyone knows the feeling of having to carry a load. Sometimes that is literal, toiling like a beast of burden with a large or heavy object. Even more often that is figurative. For example, guilt or doubt presses on conscience. Or the weight of responsibility feels heavy. Something like that can make you feel miserable for a long time. Sometimes it helps to get help in such a situation. If only it is a good conversation or a token of respect or appreciation. The best thing is of course if someone helps with carrying. The stones of the dolmens and other megalithic monuments were only raised by the effort of many. Sometimes entire communities were involved.
Technique of “Blue man with burden”
Because I like to work with wallpaper, I have a stack of wallpaper books at home. I regularly tear out pieces for painting. In this collection I also found pieces of photo wallpaper, including this brick wall. After a long consideration, I painted nude persons. The stones came afterwards. One of the results was this acrylic painting on a brick wall: Blue woman on stone, 24 x 32 cm.
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