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“New Beginning” in a New Year

Floating boat in the desert, new beginnings, & moon phases

To start off the new year in blog posting, we decided to give the painting “New Beginning” a story and more detailed description.  After all we are trying to evoke a conversation with these images!

As you might have noticed, a common symbol or motif used in our paintings is the floating boat. It is usually portrayed alone and free to explore the vast wilderness which is its setting. In this particular painting, however, the boat seems tethered to something in the foreground which we are not made aware of. Although the first inclination of being “tethered” to something might bring thoughts of being weighed down or anchored to, we rather look upon this particular rope in a positive light. By not knowing where the rope leads, it makes us question if the boat has a predestined path or perhaps the viewer is pulling the boat along behind him or her. Even the weight of the water inside the boat where the moon is reflected does not deter this boat from realizing its path/journey. This particular phase of the moon symbolizes new beginnings and the transformative process the moon continuously undergoes.

Boats can symbolize an odyssey or journey.  When we see these images, we almost instinctively place ourselves in the boat–it becomes a vessel in which to place the human ego.  The boat embodies the voyage of life.  The fact that it has ascended means a release from limitations, enlightenment, transcendence, and a spiritualization of matter.

We wish you readers many enlightening journeys to come in this new year of 2015!

Posted by Jim and Lynn Lemyre on January 6, 2015

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