A few weeks ago my Mom came to me and asked if I could make a painting for above her and my Dad's bed. She was redecorating and thought one of my paintings would tie things together. Their bedroom has teal, grey and yellow in it and she didn't give me any requirements; just that I do what I think would look best. These are my favorite kind of commissions!
I started painting and I liked where the painting was taking me but I felt I needed to tie it to something. Something about parenthood and everything they mean to me. So it got me thinking about one of my favorite musicians, *Stephen Kellogg, and his song about family, "Roots and Wings". If you want to be super cool you can listen to either (or both) of the youtube videos below that show him singing this amazing song. The "Roots and Wings" comes in around the 6 minute mark in the second video, so either rock out to "Milwaukee" or sneakily skip through it to get to what I'm talking about:
You can read all the lyrics here, but the words that have always stuck out to me most are these:
Mother, she done set me free
From all the locks that once held me
She whispered in my infant ears
That I was wise beyond my years
So even on my darkest nights
I've felt the ground and I've seen the heights
And one day may you do the same
Oh, child of mine that bears my name
After I wrote out Roots and Wings lots and lots of times, I then got more physical with the painting process, using a palette knife, cloth and my fingers to create the imagery that covered most of the words; to symbolize the foundation of our relationship and the potential that comes from that. I'm really happy with how it turned out!
Now my next move it to bring the painting to my parents and see if it really goes with everything in their room, I may be adding some more layers depending on how it feels in their space. I'll post a new photo if I change anything :)
*I've written before about the power of a truly good concert (Jenny Lewis at the National) and that rings true for every time I've seen Stephen Kellogg live, which is up to 4 or 5 times now? When he and his band play "Roots and Wings" it makes my heart fill up in a bittersweet way, thinking about how much my own parents mean to me and how weird it is to be a grown up with freedom. If you haven't been to a Stephen Kellogg concert, I suggest you do so immediately. His music is SO honest, meaningful and just plain GOOD. His concert schedule is HERE. :)
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