Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Painting! Bloom In Your Own Time.

I've been working on a new series of paintings based on acceptance and empowerment of self.  It's something that has been on my heart for a while.  Maybe it's my background in Family Therapy work, maybe it was all those years working with at-risk teens, and maybe its partially due to my own trauma and drama of navigating womanhood as a teenager and in my early twenties, but I really have a heart for women young and old, reclaiming themselves as powerful, brave, beautiful, and special.  There are too many negative messages in our culture, and I've been wanting to start creating paintings that will inspire and motivate women to love ourselves a bit more.

Here's the first one that I will share with you...
It says "Bloom in your own time, redefine beauty."  I picked these words because I often feel the pressure to keep up with the women around me (in the art world, in the parenting world, in the business world...) in ways that I just may not be ready for yet.   I am still growing, finding myself in my process, and when I am ready to bloom, it will happen in my own time and space that is perfect for me.  I will redefine what is beautiful and lovely in my own way and time.  Do you ever feel that way?

It was made using layers of vintage gift wrap papers, acrylic paints and alcohol inks for the background, then I applied vintage lace remnants and used my own hand carved stamps for the wings.  I hope this message is meaningful to you, or perhaps pass the link along to someone you know that could use the encouragement.  Have a lovely Wednesday because you are so lovely too.

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  1. Visiting from LA...your art is beautiful!

  2. That is a great message to be sharing, one that women often don't hear or realize. {visiting from LA's blog}

  3. Goodness, this is gorgeous. Your work is so very cool! What a fun, painting mama. Wish my mom had been more into messes!

  4. Visiting from LA(FN)!

    Your art is gorgeous and I completely can relate to that pressure to compete with the women around you. We all run into that at one point or another, it makes us human :)


  5. I love your artwork! I just want to touch it!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this message and your wonderful art. It is very encouraging! Hugs! :)

  7. Visiting from LA as well - I love the phrases you pick for your art, lady.

  8. I love the message of this piece. So true.

  9. "bloom in your own time" is something I wish I had taken to heart back in high school, haha.


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