Kaleidoscope Moon For Children Gone Too Soon Number 1 - Ascension
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Kaleidoscope Moon for Children Gone Too Soon Number 1 - Ascension (Silk-Featherbrush Painting Number 17)
THE IMAGE ITSELF
The Silk-Featherbrush style was employed to introduce the Kaleidoscope Moons Series because its basic hues and line elements harmonize well with the conceptual intent. More precisely, the techniques of the style work for "Kaleidoscope Moon for Children Gone Too Soon Number 1" because it helps magnify the idea of innocent souls ascending as opposed to blameless children being horrendously needlessly murdered. Not every canvas in the Kaleidoscope Moons Series will follow this style but my hope with the first image is to convey a sense of transcendent beauty beyond the hatred and fear driving so many acts of violence in the world.
STORY BEHIND THE SERIES
During the holiday season some years ago, I lost a niece and nephew to extreme violence and chose to honor their lives by naming a Christmas tree after them. The new Kaleidoscope Moons Series is an extension of that tradition in honor of children lost to such violence around the world as we move forward into 2019. It is also an expression of standing in solidarity with families who have endured these losses as they adjust to something from which they are unlikely to ever fully recover. Therefore, in lieu of a Christmas tree, the Kaleidoscope Moons Series. Therefore, in lieu of a Christmas tree, the Kaleidoscope Moons for Children Gone Too Soon Series.
Specifically: The news out of Houston, Texas (USA) was particularly gruesome upon learning that 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes had been shot and killed while in a car with her family the morning before New Year's Eve. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, was also shot but survived along with 3 other daughters. In my hometown of Savannah, Georgia, an up-and-coming 17-year-old rapper named Tyrese Carter and a 20-year-old named Jamar Davis Jr. were shot dead within 24 hours after the New Year got underway.
The family of one gun violence victim, former university student Rebecca Foley killed 6 years ago in Savannah, announced plans to fight back. They are suing, to the tune of $35 million, the owners of the apartment complex where Ms. Foley was killed for the "inadequate security" they feel contributed to her death.
Obviously art cannot bring back any of our loved ones lost to senseless violence. But for those who did not get their chance to establish mega-stardom and document their passage on this journey we call life, the Kaleidoscope Moons Series can testify on their behalf. It can proclaim they were here and their lives were/are as deserving of celebration and remembrance as anyone's.
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