At the beginning of this year, I made myself a promise. It was time to stop compartmentalizing all of the various pieces of me and my work and to try and bring in all together into one integrated self. It was also time to put my personal artwork out into the world and not just keep it for myself.
This has been hard to do and there are still a few pieces I can't seem to jigsaw together (yet). It's coming though and I'm hopeful, inspired and excited. I did submit work to galleries and faced rejection. It hurt and I'm guessing rejection always will to some degree. I've made some big moves too. I relocated my studio and joined forces with an artist friend of mine in another studio venture. Change and integration are coming, slowly but surely.
This new collage that I have made is a HUGE step toward my integrated self and I am so proud of it that I can hardly stand it! It all started here, with this image. That image became this collage, which inspired this one of my sweetie pea, Einin. The first image is of me when I was pregant with her and this is her bright and shining face at 2 months old.
When the framer came by to drop it off today, I was giddy. This is absolutely the beginning of something new- a new direction for my work and I'm ecstatic about it.
"I love you to the moon -and back again"
I put all of my love for Einin into this collage and I can feel it vibrating back at me when I look at this.
The birds are significant. Her name means little bird in Gaelic.
so true, so very true!
I can't wait to start on the next one! Thanks for following along with me on this journey. Your comments and feedback are so inspiring.