The story of a warrior standing standing her lonely vigil came almost at the very end of this piece. I have long respected and followed the work of Donato Giancola. One of his paintings has a wildly intricate metal sculpture that is oxidizing, turning green and it gave me the inspiration for Vigil. What started as an exercise in creating intricate armor, then turned into playing with light, and then a playing with water.
Which is appropriate in a way. Long before she came to stand her watch there was the land, the water, and the sky. Long after she has passed her spear and armor on to another, there will still be the land, the water, and the sky.
There are elements here that I am especially pleased with. The armor of course, but also the ocean and the tattered cloth on her spear. It is the details like that can make or break a composition for me.
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Yes, it’s tough, it’s tough, that goes without saying. But isn’t waiting itself and longing a wonder, being played on by wind, sun, and shade?”
- Annie Dilliard