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Saturday, June 19, 2010

ACEO Open Edition - "Clam - NW Coast Style Design"

This is a design I came up with a while back and finally decided to share it in ACEO Open Edition Form.


The meaning of this design:

The shell, as a whole, symbolizes the body of the entire family and a celebration of life.  The white panels express the different branchs of the family - each separate but each a part of the whole.

The black border flowing around the shell and each panel implies the never ending cycle of life that binds the family as one.  It further denotes the different paths each takes, whether as an individual or as a group, in life’s journey.  The paths fork but eventually come together as one.

The eyes are indicative of all family members watching over each other.  Helping hands are all around to lend support and love.  Oars (paddles) represent guidance from elders to young in hopes the youth will steer toward successful and happy life paths.

The Clam designs on either side of the shell represent elders in the family who share their knowledge and skills with gentle words and caring love.  The solid circles are symbolic of the “pearls” of wisdom passed down to each new generation

It is currently for sale in My Etsy Shop.
Thank you for looking!

4 comments:

Magiclovecrow said...

I love it! So Beautiful and it has so much meaning in it! Great job!
Stacy
MagicLoveCrow

Sissy Sparrows said...

What a fantastic ACEO! I love the meaning behind your painting....Family Love!!
Julie
Sissy Sparrows

Olivia said...

How marvelous. . . it has the feeling of a a primitive heirloom or family crest.

IrelandBrady said...

Thank you for all your kind comments. Actually, Olivia, you hit it right ... it is kind of a family crest for our family. Every year we meet at the beach and do a lot of clamming & crabbing ... one year I was sitting at our campsite and this idea came to me, so I rough sketched it and when I came home I refined it and "The Clan Of The Clam" crest was born.

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