Saturday, September 02, 2006

Illustration Friday - Safe



After I had my little girl, I was struck by how much I wanted to keep her safe. I understood my own parents' actions so much better.

In the first week after my baby was born, I would just have to look at her to be overwhelmed by tears. The tears arose both from the depth of my love for her, and the sure knowledge that I couldn't keep my child safe forever. In order to live and grow, people have to be allowed to make their own mistakes and hurt themselves sometimes, no matter how painful that is for a parent to watch.

I guess this drawing was inspired by Pietas of Madonna and Child, but it's more personal than that. I am trying to convey the way I want to surround my child with my love and keep her safe. But already she's managed to get an arm out to explore the world...both inevitable and necessary. Hopefully when she grows up, she will have the strength to explore the world, secure in the knowledge that her parents love her and will always be there for her.

10 comments:

zordis said...

This one is so strong yet sencible! You sure are safe in mothers arm! Nice work.

Michelle Lana said...

very sweet.

bill zeman said...

pretty drawing - the glow around them is like the haze of memory too, from those precious few glimpses of being so young

Tony LaRocca said...

Wait till you start doing the things your parents did- the stuff you swore you'd never do or say to your kids- lol. To quote Mel Brooks (as the 2k year old man) "We become what we mock."

Tiger Mouse said...

Too right! I can hear my mother in my voice already at odd moments.

Liz Jones said...

Awwww. I LOVE this one!! Right on target.
Nice work!

Jana Bouc said...

Very pretty and sweet. I still feel that way about my kids and they're grown up now.

Franfou said...

wow thats biblical and so warm ! well done 1

Joanne said...

So sweet. I love the rich color.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

very nice; the mother figure is very much like a protective uterus; as if the protection from conception never ended.