The Guardian may be difficult to describe as it does not give any definitive answers to the intention of the painting. My idea was to create imagery about a child’s sense of self connected to the parental environment in which the child lives. This painting does not give answers to the parent/child relationship because it can be simultaneously positive and negative.
I thought about using the title The Gentle Guardian. After journaling more and more questions came up about what this painting was saying. The Guardian seemed the best choice as it left the painting open to interpretation.
The following are some of the questions I asked myself.
Is the guardian/cat as nurturing as depicted or is this a disguise? The cat could easily crush the bird. Is the girl behind the mask and the bird the same child becoming the nurturing guardian of herself? Or, is the bird teaching the child to fly away to her true self? Is the house a place of safety or escape? Does it represent the psyche of the child, holding the child’s growing self-awareness? Is the horizontal ground representative of self acceptance and security? Is the color blue representing a current state of inner calm or something to reach for?
I came to the conclusion that I was painting a message about having spiritual faith in the self. In my case, it was about trusting my creativity as an artist. I knew I was in need of a confidence reboot. Creating a beautiful and meaningful painting seemed the best way to do this.
Hand placement for The Guardian