It's a bit weird, but I've had a strange calling / desire to make hearts. Lots and lots of bright colorful hearts infused with emotion and good thoughts.
This year has been a tough one, I'll admit. Lots of loss and tragedy. But out of the darkness comes the light, and the mixed media hearts that have been showing up in my studio I believe are the calming periods at the very end of loud hysterical sentences.
|What's In Your Heart? 8"x 8" mixed media canvas panel|
The heart is a simple shape, but the meaning is deeply complex. I think that's what I really love about hearts. We know a heart when we see one, but to know a person's heart is a different shape entirely.
|Mad About You 5" x 7" canvas panel|
When I start an new heart painting, I decide on an emotion I want to convey using paper, hand carved stamps, paint, oil pastel, graphite pencil - whatever is lying around.
And I go to town.
I let go and see where the emotion takes me.
It's a healing process - working through the tough obstacles this year has brought.
|Patchwork Heart 8" x 8" x 1" deep edge canvas|
And the end result of a heart painting leave me feeling hopeful. That there is meaning to the events that make us cry, or scared, or feel vulnerable.
My hope is that these heart paintings find homes and give meaning - real, individual, deeply felt and understood meaning - to the individual meant to have one.
It's all part of the healing process. For you. For me. For all of us.