Sunday, November 11, 2007

Project on the House - Timaru

November 2007

Mixed media on canvas


Project on the House has just finished in Timaru. It involved a partial house make-over by a group of Timaru businesses as a way of recognising the community-orientated work of an individual/family who have given selflessly to others. Nominations were called for.

The project was managed by my artist friend Polly Rowe who accepted my offer to paint a commissioned piece for the winner.

I met with the winner Bev Bennett & the result of speaking with her is the above work titled "Legacy". Once Bev settles back into her new-look home I will speak with her again to explain the symbolism in the work, gleaned from our meeting. (As with any commissioned piece, she has the option to
return it to me after living with it for a while.)

(An item from TV One's "Close Up" is available to view - Friday 16 November: Makeover)

The Weaver

My life is just a weaving
Between my Lord and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaves so skillfully.

Sometimes He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Not ‘til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And explain the reasons why-

The dark threads are as needful,
In The Weaver’s skillful hands
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

B.M. Franklin