:: acrylic paint on 1 1/2″ deep wood panel
:: measures 10×10″
:: white painted edges
:: ready to hang with wire on the back
This is painting #4 from my ‘100 Messages To Myself’ painting series.
This is an original painting. There is only one!
A friend sent me something about grief recently that I really liked: basically that grief is proof that you loved. The bad news is that it hurts like hell sometimes. But the good news is, I’ve loved!!! And I’ll take that any day over closing off my heart. Even though I feel really scared and unsure at this point that I’ll ever find real, healthy love going forward in my life, I sure don’t want to close my heart off to the possibility. So. Heart forward. Mind upward. The past doesn’t have to predict the future. Just because I don’t know what the rest of my love life holds, or the rest of my life in general for that matter, doesn’t mean the sky is not the limit and that new and different experiences aren’t possible. Right?! (Here‘s the full message I wrote when I painted it.)
My life changed dramatically in August 2018 when my husband suddenly died and then again in January 2019 when my baby girl was born. It’s been a strange 15 months! Creating nearly daily art has been one of the main ways I’ve tuned in to my feelings and to myself as I’ve moved forward. Sharing the art that I’ve been making and the messages I’ve been giving to myself has been a powerfully healing part of my journey, and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to share my images and thoughts with you.