Sending a Heart-song into the Heavens
The ability to create is a gift in itself, and for me, is also one way I can continually give my heart back to my Creator. Painting is like prayer; sometimes it is prayer. Praying with my hands and my eyes, sending my heart-song into the Heavens even when there are things I can't understand and when I have no words--and trusting those Strong Hands to hold my trembling heart and to unlock, a little at a time, the mystery and purpose that lie in struggle and pain.
I've been laboring with love on this bird-in-hand painting--"A Prayer"--for a while (wrote about it as a work-in-progress here) and finally "finished" it last night! Well, the original is technically still in-progress--I loved the idea of a simple white background, but I am rarely capable of leaving anything plain and white! So I photographed the painting before I added a background color so that I could preserve this simpler version of the piece. I love the softness of the organic tones, even though it was hard for me to hold back on my usual leaning toward bold colors! When I added an olive green background, I discovered that I needed to re-work the colors of the bird a bit. So am very happy that I did decide to capture the way the piece looked with the plain white background!
The bird's tag was blank for a long time--I had so many ideas for what the tag could say and couldn't make up my mind. And then I ran across the heart--one of the first doodles I sketched (and the beginning of my obsession with this rusty burnt-sienna tone of India ink!) when I started painting again in March after almost a year off--and something finally "clicked." I love when things come together like this, don't you? In a way you never expected but seems as if it was always meant to be. I added the heart digitally, and am excited about the many other possibilities of customizing the tag for friends who purchase the print from my shop!
I was meditating on several layers of meaning as I created this piece. The initial inspiration was thinking about friends who are in various stages of the adoption process. I thought of this painting as a visual prayer for the safety and protection of precious little ones in need of a mommy and daddy, hoping they fly quickly and safely home into waiting arms. But I won't unpack all the layers of meaning here because I would love to hear what meaning you see in this piece! Won't you drop me a line and tell your version of the story? There's a giveaway at stake! Leave a comment this week and next Friday I'll randomly choose one blog-friend to receive a free print! Yay!
And speaking of stories . . .
I've been working on a new project--a series called "Storytellers" where I will feature a different artist every Tuesday and share about how story plays a role in their art... and how art has plays an important part in the story of their lives.
In addition to the weekly feature, "Storytellers on Tuesdays" will also include a link party for sharing about the ways in which art and creativity intersect with the stories that are happening inside of us and all around us everyday. I do hope you will join me on Tuesday for my first artist interview, and I would love for you to link up and share a story too!
Until then, wishing you blessings
(like the Hamburg rain!)--
Linking with my friends at Studio JRU and Paint Party!