It was a very sad day, full of tears, almost a year ago. I just painted my sister when she was pregnant and we knew the baby had some problems in her heart but her lil heart didn't resist and died before being born. That time (before the baby passed away) I painted my sis trying to represent her heart in those moments ("Fructus Ventris").
Months ago taking advantage of a new contest of realistic painting in my country I decided to paint this one -"Lacrimosa Dies Illa"- taking the meaning of 'sorrowful day or full of tears day'.
What I tried to represent there is a mom ( my sister ) holding in arms a lil kid that seems sleeping or sick or even dead. I didn't try to be direct about the dead meaning but it is in the background of my intention. The girl there is actually my lil niece (her lil sis was the dead one ), They are very alike and represents her lil sister in the way of La Pieta. The pain of a mother for her dead son.
The mother there is sad but she already cried a lot but feels consoled of having a lil angel in Heaven.
The black represents death here. The chiaroscuro always gives some of dramatism to the scene. The white means the pureness of mother's love and pale blue means sky and Heaven (a spiritual hope ). The brown clothes mean earht and burial, humanity, our limited condition. The skin colour of the lil character tries not to show much life that's why I didn't make cheeks on pink. The hands of the mother are holding tight her beloved daughter. The blue fabric on the corner is a compositive element to generate some of balance but always everythign makes a sense; blue is my favorite colour and I identified with it so in some way I represent myself there giving balance or support symbolically.
I partcipated in the contest wiht this entry but didn't win, at least I got a honourable mention and chance to participate in future exhibition out of contest with professional painters, what made me very happy.
I never thought painting could be part of my soul and my own history.
Thanks for all of the support.