Don't lose heart. That's not just the name of this piece, it's also the message that it carries. (Warning; this post is a bit heavier than normal, but it's what's on my heart) I created this last week, after a couple of weary weeks. My baby boy got sick, then I wasn't feeling good for quite a while. I noticed that there seemed to be tons of people that I cared for, struggling at the same time. Sickness, pain, loss, and other hardships. It seemed to all be happening at once. I couldn't shake off a feeling of heaviness, even after things got better. After 2 weeks I finally decided to work on an art piece. I hoped it would help pull me out of this slump, but I knew I wasn't creating this just for me.
Not this time. This time I received not only the visual of this piece, but also the title before I even started it. That never happens to me, at least not the title part. I could never think of good titles for my paintings, hence the brilliant titles "Flowers and Swirls" and "Collage With Blue Flowers" ; ) But this named itself, and seemed to create itself. I was just the messenger. It was created for everyone out there going through hard times. Trust that everything will end up OK. God doesn't put you through anything that you can't handle, so try to have faith and trust that He is taking care of things. And please, don't lose heart.
This was created on a 5x11 piece of wood with Golden's Light Molding Paste, and acrylic paints. I added some Glass Bead Gel by Golden, and Gloss Super Heavy Gel by Liquitex to the heart to make it stand out more. I added an embellishment that I made with copper wire that I bent, then pounded flat. I attached it with copper tacks to "hold" onto the heart.
I would like to dedicate this to Manya, Mandy, Kristen, Bev, Boonia V., and anyone else who needs it. You are loved : )
Also, I'd like to submit this to Mixed Media Monday (I know, I know, it's no longer Monday. And I hope this isn't too heavy for my first time participating). I'll try to lighten thing up next time : )