"I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
-- Vincent Van Gogh
Today is a sunny day and this makes me so happy--it's the first time in a week or two that Hamburg has seen the sun for for than 15 minute snatches! I've been painting again this week--and this makes me happy too. And (in case you missed yesterday's post) my first artist interview posted yesterday on Robin's blog, My Creative Peace. More happiness! :)
I mentioned here that it's hard for me to be inspired without the rays of a warm sunshine, so I've been "hibernating" in a sense, snuggled up with my family among all our twinkle lights (to ward off the gloom of the short days!) burrowing deeper into those three hearts who, together, are my truest home. But a combination of post-holiday blues, missing my friends and family in the U.S. and all the rain caused me to pick up my brush and pen again this week. The color yellow can be my sunshine for now!
And I'm inspired by Valentine's Day, of course, which has always been my favorite. Although my chest literally aches in missing the people I love on the other side of the ocean, my heart is so wonderfully, full-to-bursting, with joy in my little family and the home we are making together.
This yellow heart represents my hopes for the new year--I'll share more once I finish it. I'm incorporating some collage in this piece, using squares of splashed watercolor paper and the vintage, lined Schreibpapier from my father-in-law. I'm loving the way the paper crown looks--inspired in part by Jennifer's adorable bird ornaments!
Linking this week for more inspiration from the girls at Studio Sneak Peek and Paint Party. I've missed my bloggy friends and look forward to catching up with some of you this weekend!
Lots of LOVE,