Bursting Through

Bursting Through

I drew the original “Bursting Through” in coloured pens and then scanned it into my computer where I endeavoured to produce a new digital creation. It is a representation of how we all make progress in life and burst through to the other side of positivity and well-being. It is a metaphor for the year of 2020 where there was a pandemic that created great concern and consternation in the world. 

It is a time to greet the New Year with determination and a path of least resistance. We need to garner our forces to become more seamless and more evolved as we venture into a more optimistic direction. It is time to make and take the steps to burst through our barriers and confines to evolve into better human beings. 

This is and has been a symbol for me and if you wish, also for you. We are all on our path or journey in this Earth. Give it your best! There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel! 

We are like a child emerging out into the world from his or her mother’s womb – from darkness into light! May you have a joyous beginning to the New Year of 2021 and may all your steps on the path be fruitful, prosperous, happy and healthy. All My Best! Blessings!

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He Statue

He Statue

I did definitely take this photograph but I can not take credit for the original craftsmanship or integral beauty and perfection of this marble statue. I found it in the Musée d’Orsay which is found in Paris, France. 

It is exquisite in its detail but I wanted to add some effects to it and so I did. It is so well put together that it looks as if a real male in the nude is sitting there. It is called “Despair” or “Le Désespoir” and was created in 1869 by Jean-Joseph Perraud. Someone could look at this and think this is a picture for the year of 2020 but I do not see “Despair,” but see a man reposing and reflecting upon life that this year has offered us and now hoping for a better future that 2021 and onwards will bring forward for humankind. 

According to Wikipedia, “The Musée d’Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.” 

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Bins Galore

Bins Galore

I like the bins that line the prairie landscape. It is reminiscent of the storing and packaging up of important goods that have taken time and space to harvest or reap. It has taken a lot of effort on the farmers’ part to seed and help grow the crops. I am thankful to the farmers for all their hard work because without them, life would be so much harder. 

I took this picture near Île-des-Chênes, Manitoba which is south of the City of Winnipeg. The town is an unincorporated community in the Rural Municipality of Richot. According to its website, “This francophone town was settled in the mid-nineteenth century in an area prolific with oak trees, and that’s where the town got its name, which translates to Oak Island.” 

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River Runs Through It

River Runs Through It

This is a pen drawing which is pretty basic and simplistic but I felt a flow with it and had the thoughts of “A River Runs Through It.” 

Then I researched it online and this line is actually from a book and movie by the same name. Norman McLean wrote and published the semi-autobiographical book in 1976. It was adapted for screen play by Richard Friedenberg. According to Wikipedia, “’A River Runs Through It’ is a 1992 American drama film directed by Robert Redford and starring Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd.” 

Now I have never seen the movie as far as I know but according to Mark Blanchard on Quora, it means the following: ”That’s the final line to Norman MacLean’s beautiful A River Runs Through It and it speaks to the merger of spirituality and science, the soul and nature, as MacLean saw it.” 

Also, Chanjoo Brown writes in Quaro, “My take on the quote is that all kinds of twists and turns, obstacles come at us in life, like the flows of a river. And no matter how we try to change that flow or redirect it, it’s always going to run in the direction it’s meant to, which is into a larger body; the ocean which represents the ‘One’ thing we all merge into (mutual destiny). “ 

Based on who I am as a person, it makes a lot of sense to me and perhaps, I did intuit it. I was, nonetheless, inspired to draw it by hand and then create more of it as a digital artwork piece. 

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The Eye

The Eye

This is originally an abstract pen drawing which flowed and came out of me easily which I the manipulated digitally. It represents an eye. From left to right, it is the side view of an eye with the cornea, iris and lens. It has the sclera too. 

I remember doing a project as a youngster on anatomical parts of the eye. I remember distinctly drawing out the features of the eye with its component parts. I have put light coming through the front of the eye and back through to be processed by the brain in a multitude of colours. There is wisdom and knowledge there with a bright understanding of the processed information, just like we all do. 

The eye represents vision but it is also representing the sixth sense of being able to see beyond what we see physically. 

According to Oprah’s website, “Clairvoyance means clear seeing. This is when visions past, present and future flash through our mind’s eye, or third eye, much like a daydream. Many of us are highly visual and able to understand an idea best when we see it written or sketched out as an image on a computer screen or on a canvas. Visual people often choose to be artists, builders, photographers, decorators, designers and so forth. If this sounds familiar, your clairvoyance is most likely a dominant sense.” 

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Earth Vapours

Earth Vapours

I drew an abstract Earth or planet. This is my interpretation of how the vapours come off of the Earth’s atmosphere into the upper stratosphere. The gases are released through all parts of our rock. It is particularly noticeable from the north and south poles. 

I am not making any commentary about climate change although we should be concerned about nature, animals, plants and the environment as inhabitants of this Earth. Normally, there is an exchange of gases throughout the layers emanating outwards towards the Universe. In the same way that people breathe in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide there is a symbiotic relationship with nature. 

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Jagged Little Rocks

Jagged Little Rocks

I was walking along the shoreline of Lake Winnipeg enjoying the autumn leaves turning all sorts of brilliant colours of orange, yellow and red. Down at my feet were these series of jagged little rocks. 

It was as if they were a smaller scale of a formation of rocks being pushed up against each other. It reminded me of the heaving and cleaving of tectonic plates pushing against one another. 

They stuck up straight up out of the Earth in a vertical fashion. They were interesting and intriguing and so I took a photograph of them. 

On the basis of the name alone of this photograph, Jagged Little Rocks, it reminds me of the “Jagged Little Pill” album by Canadian singer and songwriter Alanis Morissette. 

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Ice Cream Swirl

Ice Cream Swirl

This an image I created with various coloured pens. It is a work of art in transition. It is very different from the beginning product once I scanned it into the computer and worked with it as digital piece of artwork. 

To me, it is fun and reminds me of ice cream swirls with all the magical colours of tasty ice cream. Based on the variety of colours, I think, in fact, it is called “Rainbow Ice Cream.” Can’t you just taste it? 

It is not summer at this time of year and getting quite frosty outside but why not? Enjoy and be decadent and have a yummy ice cream cone despite it being the “wrong” season. We need to enjoy the present moment and why not splurge on a special treat for you or that special someone, whatever that means for you? 

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Pine Dock Harbour

Pine Dock Harbour – Photography & Digital Art by Mary Mikawoz
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Pine Dock Harbour

This is a photograph I took of the harbour in Pine Dock which is north of Gimli, Manitoba, Canada. There is a quaint little lighthouse for those early morning fishing times when the professionals head out to check their nets or when they come in late past dusk. There is also a nice Canada Flag on a pole situate on the rocks.. 

There are a number of buildings in the area including a fish processing plant nearby. 

I have made the photograph into an artistic painting by digitally altering it. 

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Vibrant Flame

Vibrant Flame – Acrylic Painting & Digital Art by Mary Mikawoz
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Vibrant Flame

I was painting and felt inspired to paint a flame up close and personal. It has many colours and textures of gaseous flames. It is creating heat and it rises up higher and higher into the atmosphere. 

It reminds me of “My Undying Love For You.” It is all about emotion that joins us all together in one glorious moment in time. It is about love that binds the world together and, in fact, the Universe. 

In all sincerity, I send out my love to you now and wish you the best that life has to offer. May you enjoy the flames of love in your life! 

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