The Unexpected Comes Calling
Valerie Sjodin copyright 2011
“The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.”
Zora Neale Hurston (American folklorist & writer, 1903-1960)
The birds are building nests, laying eggs, enthusiastic for life itself. I marvel and am filled with wonder. The egg itself, like the seed, is a symbol of the potential of life. Back in ancient times the egg was a symbol of the universe, of creation, and in some cultures, luck wealth, and health. In Jewish tradition it symbolizes promise. In Christian tradition it is a metaphor for resurrection, immortality, and the trinity. To all it symbolizes birth, I see the egg as a symbol of hope of growth and new life.
These paintings of eggs and feathers are from the “Bird, Egg, Nest” workshop I teach. It’s so much fun to teach that class because the skills are applicable to so much. Painting an egg is similar to a human head. The feather uses particular linear painting strokes to achieve the “feathery” look, the nest is layered, and builds up texture, and painting the bird relates to painting any object.
Valerie Sjodin Copyright 2011