Sisters by Cheryl McDonald
Sisters, by Cheryl McDonald
Watercolor on 300# Arches paper

Sisters, my sisters have always been an important part of who I am. I had 3 and when I had 2 daughters and my sister Denise had 2 daughters, the sisterhood grew. And as a woman, I have come to realize that my sisterhood includes many women from different mothers. We care and support each other in so many ways. And now I have a granddaughter who will also be part of that Sisterhood. It is a continuation that goes on and on.

It was around 2004, I was teaching a watercolor class in a Long Beach art gallery, and there was a exhibit there in our midst that included a little girls’ dress starched and standing on it’s own on a pedestal. It became our still life for our painting session. The goal was to create a painting incorporating the dress and using your imagination for the rest. As everyone worked on theirs, I started working on one of my own I chose to hang these 2 dresses on a clothesline in a dark and blustery setting. To me it signified how we sisters hang together through all of life’s trials, good or bad.

This image became the first of many images of items hanging out in space. The series grew because of an inspiration I had from a Dr Seuss book that had been a favorite of our family, “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?”

There was a line in that book that went like this;

“Thank goodness for all of the things you are not! Thank goodness you’re not something someone forgot, and left all alone in some punkerish place like a rusty tin coat hanger hanging in space.”

This painting I had done, brought back this line to me and I started thinking about not just hanging together like this painting suggested, but also about the concepts of abandonment, letting go, determination, and trust.

So far there are 7 images in this series and it is still a series that has more to say. I will do a blog on each one of the images, however if you would like a preview, they are on my website here Left Hanging in Space

And the story unfolds

Have a happy day!