I have three beautiful daughters. Sometimes they say something that makes me realize something I have created is meant for them. My middle daughter, Davis loves this "Affirmation Body" painting. I made it to help me learn a particular affirmation meditation I found very powerful and wanted to learn. Following my own guidance I created symbols for each affirmation and placed them with some order to help me learn them. I remember the meditation so clearly even now and can affirm myself in specific ways anytime I feel I need it.
I have made poster prints of the painting and am happy to reproduce this for others upon request.
(The link goes to a mini lecture but the guided meditation begins at promp 030)
My eldest daughter, Meredith studied Art History at University of Colorado really liked this painting. Typically when I paint, I want to be deep in contemplation and attempt to use my art as a way of understanding something spiritual or metaphysical. I want to see in my work deep meaning. And so, often paintings I create take a lot of time, or I put them away because I get stuck and don't know what I should do next. I shared many of my paintings with Andrea Cermanski, a wonderful artist and a middle and high school art teacher in Santa Fe. She also has workshops for adults which I've thoroughly enjoyed. I still chuckle when she designated this one as one of my strongest pieces. I just went out to my garage studio one day and used up some paint! No thoughts. No deep meaning. Just lovely. I express my gratitude to Andrea for the many technical things she has taught me and, for the invitation to just play!
I am an accomplished seamstress and when the girls were little, I sewed a lot for them. Later when they were teens, I would have liked to have made them things but they weren't really interested by then. Perhaps it's because when we would shop for clothes they would often hear me say, "I could make something like that for you." Only, I never did. So when my daughter mentioned she was wanted a painting for her apartment bathroom, I jumped at the opportunity to actually contribute. I am grateful to Sloan for asking! She's since moved out of her college apartment and up to Wisconsin. So, the painting is back in my possession. But, I welcome future requests, and promise to see it through.