Follow Your Heart,
It’s finished! (swipe left for close up images) I ended up having to redo some of the moons a few times, but I am really happy with how they turned out. I especially love the stars in the sky above the horizon line. They’re the perfect finishing touch and super fun to paint! I really want to paint an entire night sky now.
Thinking back over the months it took to complete this painting, I find myself reflecting upon the strange process it required. There were times when I was stumped, turned around, or just plain lost. I’d finish one part of the image only to find myself at a loss of where to go next. I’d look at it everyday to try and figure out the next step, but inspiration only came in pieces at random. Sometimes those moments of vision would build upon the work that was done; At other times I’d end up covering up all of the work I did before with a new idea that seemed to better suite the composition and its message.
Symbolism is the key to this work so I will briefly describe the symbols and their meanings. First and foremost is the eye at the center of the work. The iris inside the eye is gold and a river of gold is pouring out from it. There is a heart inside the center of the iris which represents the reason for/source of the golden river - by following one’s heart one sees with love and though the eyes of love. Outside of the iris is an infant on one side and a grave on the other - these, of course, represent the journey from birth to death. The color spectrum behind these images reflect the energy cycle of life and all its seasons. Outside of the eye are storm clouds on the horizon which represent the troubles one faces in their life. Above the clouds is the great cosmos and the cycles of the moon. Along with the color spectrum and the fetus/tomb, the phases of the moon represent the passage of time (from full to new moon). The cosmos represents life, time, creation... the infinite all. The golden river that fills the bottom half of the image symbolizes the immense love, joy, opportunity, growth, and life that comes from following and living through ones heart.
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