Painting - Oil On Panel
On a warm autumn afternoon, two girls reach for grapes in the best way each knows how. Innocence and joy abound.
They are sisters, and like all sisters, they do not realize that they are destined to become lifelong friends, that is, if they remain as wise as children as they grow into adulthood.
Family is our first relationship, our most lasting relationship, but in a world that quickly separates family by sending parents off working different shifts, and their children off to daycare and school all day, it is difficult to remember that the most important time we spend is with those who live with us, in the same house.
As we grow, we share memories and joys that no one else knows about or understands, and there are simple phrases and expressions we can make that our sibling, in an instant, understands and embraces.
In The Harvesters, we the viewer are invited into a world of warm sunshine, sweet simplicity, and the quiet work that consists of nothing more than picking the best grape that is within one’s reach. For the older child, this is a reach indeed, but for the younger one – who follows her sister everywhere and imitates her as she can – it is a reach as well, because the basket that the older sibling holds is high up on the bush!
Unaware of her sister’s antics, the older sister pursues her goal, but even if she looked down and saw the little hand reaching for her largesse, the response may be nothing more than a patient, exasperated sigh and then the taking time to lower the basket so that her little sister could reach.
This is their relationship – one of giving and taking as each is able with her age and maturity, and as they grow, the older will protect, the younger will follow, until one day they look at each other and realize that they are no longer older sister and little toddler, but two friends who have a lifetime ahead in which to continue making memories. These memories – THEY are the harvest.
The landscape for The Harvesters is located in Eastern Washington country -- a place of warm sunlight throughout the year, where grapes grow full in the ripeness of time.
Featured on 34 Fine Art America groups.
March 13th, 2017
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