"Bear, On the Moon" - mixed media on canvas paper, 16" x 20".
Day 18! Today's piece was inspired by the forlorn teddy bear hanging from the hand of yesterday's red-haired night walker. My youngest daughter always thought stuffed animals were real inside, and this little teddy needed a moment of his own. It more than met my goal of 90% without a paintbrush. Hooray!
In a prior post, I mentioned the number nine signifies the closing of a cycle before a new one begins. The year 2016 is a nine year, and will bring closure to many situations and allow us to move forward into something expansive and new in 2017. So this piece is part of the process of closure and healing for me.
A couple of years ago, my mom was experiencing dementia-like symptoms (hallucinations, night wandering, personality changes, memory problems). At that time, though she seemed perfectly content in her situation (and, in some cases, much happier than she had been before the symptoms commenced!), she seemed far away from me. That experience was the inspiration for a piece of art, "Mom, On the Moon."
Today, nine months after my mom's passing, I feel these experiences softening...the confusion and angst settling, passing, becoming something I can touch with my mind without hurting in my heart.
In "Mom, On the Moon", her gaze is far away, distant, unreachable. But as time passes, she seems closer, somehow. More like herself, more accessible. During one of her last hospital stays, my mom (in her altered personality) became super attached to a stuffed animal my sister brought her. It was completely adorable to see her snuggle it and talk to it like a dear love.
In "Bear, On the Moon", this soft, cuddly buddy is gazing right at us, letting us know everything, in time, will be alright.
Today's Adoption Event:
"The Gardener" - mixed media on cradled board, 12" x 12", ready for hanging.
A sweetie for you! Someone to bring you a flower every day, fill your space with sunshine and love. This little girl does not eat much, and promises not to color on the walls or get into your lipstick. She will remind you that springtime is in your heart even if it's cold outside.
Adoption fee $25 (shipping included). Contact Jen at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org to make adoption arrangements.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation