:: acrylic paint and colored pencil on 1 1/2″ deep wood panel
:: measures 10×10″
:: white painted edges
:: ready to hang with wire on the back
This is painting #40 from my ‘100 Messages To Myself’ painting series.
This is an original painting. There is only one!
A good friend was visiting recently, and she knows me so well. She knows I resist help (she kept offering), she knows I put a lot of pressure on myself, she knows I don’t take much time for myself to recharge and rest…. basically she sees right through all my stuff and tries to encourage me sometimes to be more gentle with myself. Anyway, she told me about how there’s a fattest bear contest every year in some National Park or something (clearly I retained the details well, haha), and this year’s winner is a bear named Holly. She is 435 pounds and was apparently single all winter long so she had lots of time to devote to herself 😂 So today’s painting is in honor of Holly, who is a fantastic example of how to give yourself all sorts of lovely attention! (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.