Colored pencil on smooth bristol paper | 16″ x 10 1/2″ (41cm x 27cm)
This piece was inspired by a photography assignment to freeze motion in midair. My daughter Abby poured the marbles into my hands, and my daughter Katharine took the picture. After repeated attempts and marbles bouncing out of the bucket below, we finally had our shot. I sketched this out and slowly built up color by burnishing layer upon layer until it was saturated enough. This piece appears to reflect a situation out of control, but I have found that God has always been there to catch those marbles and restore peace and order in my life.
Cynthia Knox’s piece Losing Her Marbles appeared in Strokes of Genius 3: Fresh Perspectives, published by North Light Books in 2011. Enter the competition here for your chance to appear in Strokes 5 & win other prizes!