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Short Days Ago

Size: 24x24
Media: Encaustic & Mixed Media
This painting was part of a juried show in the spring/summer of 2015 at the Guelph Civic Museum commemorating the 100th year of the writing of the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae. When I saw the poem written in John McRae’s handwriting, I decided to imbed his words, in his own handwriting, into the wax giving a very personal connection to this man. With the inclusion of his face, it seems his look at us reminds us not to forget the sacrifice. I used the texture of encaustic to indicate the poppies planted between the multitude of white crosses “row on row” titling it “ that mark our place.” I included “the larks still bravely fly” on a soft blue sky in the upper left corner to give hope and relief from this very gruesome war and all the deep reds depicting loss. Finally, I included a poppy on gold leaf along with new buds about to open to remind us all. I gave the work the title of “Short Days Ago” because it tells us that it wasn’t long ago that this all happened and makes me wonder what we have learned.