...for a cure to cancer!
I have so many words that need to come out for this newest art piece of mine. I think I will have to write about it in a few smaller posts. My friend Kim in CT asked if in lieu of donating money to her Relay for Life team would I be able to create an art piece that they could purchase for a discount and auction it. I responded, "NO WAY!....I will create a piece for FREE" (for those who have followed me all along or have been to my about page you know that is was the Relay for Life that gave me the push to make my business official)
My personal challenge was to create a piece that would be bright, have depth and meaning as well as go with a variety of interiors.
My message needed to be broad, covering all aspects of life an not just the Relay. It needed to be positive..."that's it", the light bulb went of. It needed to be POSITIVE! What could be more positive than...
Exciting since I am seeing the "first aid" or red cross sign everywhere these days. I automatically think "help is on the way". Who is it that helps? Are we always waiting for "that other person" to step up and help, or are we the first in line to help? If you have ever witnessed a Relay for Life, you know the answer to that. Millions of people pulling together to raise awareness and money for a cure. If you have been there, you have experienced the emotion and yes the positive energy. If you have walked with a survivor, that energy is 100 times as strong. Their energy stems from believing in a cure...that cure stems from the money that is raised...which all circles back to us. The one that helps...the one who steps forward and is first in line. I also invite you to my post from last year, where I shared the best I could, my feelings and motivation for this cause.
I had to...
in this piece as I created it. Then, Victor Hugo came to mind with a quote I kept jotted down for a different idea.
"Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings"
I may not have wings, but I do have paint ,brushes and a whole lot of other art materials to work with so I added a bird, a branch and that very positive quote.
Words are "carved" into the background. They are all words that can be followed by the word "positive". "believe" "think" and "love" to be exact. I have even used the word "think" again in a leaf on the branch. I cut it from one of my favorites, and most popular, Robert Frost poems: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". I used the page as one of the many background layers in this piece and love that you get a glimpse of it on the profile of the canvas. I also have "many miles to go before I sleep".
It will be hard to part with this piece of me but I hope the person who has the winning bid at auction displays it where they will be reminded to come first to aid those who are in need. That they will "believe, love and think" positive in every aspect of their life. May they believe in themselves as playing an important role in coming up with a cure for cancer.
If you would like to support my friend Kim's team in CT you may do so here
If you would like to support my friend and cancer survivor Nancy at our local event you may do so here
Pictures of us at last year's Relay may be found here
In the days ahead I will post about actual art making process of this piece.