It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve picked up a paintbrush. I’ve been consciously taking some much needed time-out to rest and recoup, and as a result, I feel like I’ve allowed some space to enter my life. Ahhhh … it’s lovely … and definitely a learnt skill for me.
So last night I felt some extra buzzy creative energy happening that I wanted to ‘ground’ through art-making. Here’s what I came up with, a self-portrait which I’ve named ‘Rose Heart’
‘Rose Heart’. Watercolour, copic markers, metallic pens and acrylic paint on pine board. 10 x 10 cms x 1 cm deep. (2012)
Rose Heart is a feminine, heartfelt portrait of a woman, doing her best to balance her life, loves and interests. Her heart is a rose, which represents beauty, openness and unfolding, whilst still holding the capacity to be vulnerable to the occasional thorn in life. She's coming to a point in life where she can finally embrace it all – the good and the bad – and know it’s all part of the richness and journey of life.
I don't usually do faces because I’ve never felt I’m much good at them. But I’m happy with the feel of this one; the focus isn’t just on her face, it’s about what’s happening within and around her.
This is another artwork towards my upcoming one day ‘Pop-up’ exhibition at Nook, the week before Mothers Day. If you’re unable to make it along to the exhibition, you can check out ‘Rose Heart’ in my shop here.