THE SOUL THAT CAN SPEAK THROUGH THE EYES CAN ALSO KISS WITH A GAZE
Oil on linen
50 x 50 cm
I started out with one face. I placed this face in both paintings. To start off I used the exact same lines. To make it completely equal and the same I faced the women directly at the viewer, so nothing was hidden. They lock you their gaze and read you just as you are reading them.As the paintings developed I let differences appear. Just as life writes on our faces. When we are young our eyes and hearts are open to the world, an open book. Our faces carry open and inviting expressions. Youth is so sweet. Our expectations are full of promise and hope. And growing up is sweet too. With time comes freedom, experience, knowledge, wisdom, tolerance, patience, resilience, understanding. But growing older has its bitter side. Our hearts and faces are written on, over and over. We experience love and acceptance, but also pain and rejection. We strive for goals we sometimes don’t achieve. We become cautious, cynical, guarded. Our expectations have been diluted and dulled by disappointment. Our hearts and expressions become more closed and show the ravages of experience.Of course life is not as black and white as this. And I am not the hard and disappointed cynic these words might describe. I know we are not all Miss Havershams! But there are elements of this in our lives as we age. I have tried to give the younger girl an openness, a freshness and the mature woman an edge, worldliness, a knowingness that comes with age.
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