:: 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 #21 from my ‘100 Messages To Myself’ painting series.
This is an original painting. There is only one!
Home is my 2 babies and me. (And 2 cats.) Home is nightly picnics on the dining room floor. Home is a teething baby. Home is an almost 4 year old boy who is obsessed with dogs and babies and who pretended to birth a baby dog out of his belly tonight and made me be the doctor who scooped the baby out, cesarean style just like he and G were scooped out of me. Home is evenings in the studio. Home is feeling a little lonely and very full all at the same time. Home is inviting new friends in. Home is family, the biological kind and the created kind. Home is looking in the mirror and not quite recognizing myself. Home is so much love and exhaustion and crankiness and wonder, all wrapped up together. Home is safety. Home is memories. Home is everything. (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.