16"x20" wrapped canvas, available in my Etsy shop.
I've been working and working and working on this one.
The quote says "Even a happy life cannot be without some measure of darkness and the word Happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."-Carl Jung
On her arms, it says "It's ok to feel sad sometimes." And, "Don't lose hope."
On the butterfly it says "hope."
This is a bit different from what I usually do with my art, but I think that sometimes in an effort to encourage happy words and positive thoughts, folks sometimes feel a little disappointment in themselves for occasionally feeling sad or for reacting to things that are dark in their lives.
Just as it is natural for us to be happy and joyous, it is also natural to react to unhappy events with sadness for a time.
We just have to remember to not lose hope for the sorrow will pass or lessen and we really will feel happy again.
That's the message I was trying to get across here.
It's not what I had planned but once she was on the canvas, I had no choice but to follow her lead.
Thanks for looking.
I hope everyone has a great Saturday.
I get to sing a Christmas song for ladies' meeting so Patrick and I are going to a wonderful musician's house today so that I can practice with a couple of great instrumentalists. :) They also have a house full of beautiful art; paintings, sculpture...heaven! I'm really looking forward to this afternoon.
Last night Nick called to remind me of "Dance Hypothesis" which is a program put on by a local dance teacher and her arty husband. They exhibit local talent in a relaxed venue.
We went and watched dancing, singing and NICK playing and singing in a band. It was awesome! I was a proud mama.
Earlier in the day, I ran across an old cassette tape of Nick when he was about 4 or 5 years old and he was singing excerpts from "The Lion King" and songs he learned at church. He'd say things like, "Well, you asked foh (he couldn't say his 'r's) it folks!" and then he'd sing and when he was done, he'd say "Yay!" LOL Soooooooo cute. In the background his baby brother was trying (sometimes really successfully) to sing along. I laughed and cried remembering the shows they put on.
What a treat to hear that and then watch my big grown man performing before a crowd of artists who appreciated him!
Yes. I am beaming still. :)
Love to all of you.