11" x 14"
painted and stitched fabric
In working with these photos, I try to find my own meaning in them. I am not a surface designer but more of a "concept/idea" person. I did learn about the history of Saratoga, NY and the role that these underground springs played in shaping the economy and social background of the town. Good stuff but I still couldn't grab onto anything. My next move was to see if I could insert a child figure into the scene. I think there is something really wonderful about taking a walk and coming upon a fountain hidden from view or where you just didn't expect to see one. I especially love the idea of a grown up helping a child to drink from a fountain-what a treat! I imagined the water running underground and pushing up to the surface, ready to drink. While my figures aren't as relaxed as I would have wanted and the fountain ended up being dead center, I like the concept and the colors along with the motion and direction of the paint strokes. I kept the scene sparse to just highlight the child, the adult, and the fountain.