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Nov 13, 2019
Coming soon for the upcoming holidays:
I will be running a special on this print, "The Ascent of the Dragonflies".
My wish is that anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, especially during the holidays, can be gifted the sparks of hope, comfort, and peace that is within this painting. ✨💫
"The Ascent of The Dragonflies", Original Oil on Canvas. See below explanations of the details in this painting and hidden dragonfly!
Yesterday was a studio day for me, and while driving back home from dropping Walter and Etta off at school and Grandma and Grandpa daycare 😊, I was in my listening zone. It is in these silent spaces, especially while driving, that it seems like light bulbs are practically thrown at me with new ideas. As I listened, I heard such a calling of the continued work and role my artwork has on those who are grieving. After painting "The Ascent of the Dragonflies" for Faith's Lodge two years ago, I then became aware of the affect my art has on touching the lives of those who have lost a loved one, but this was a new, overwhelming and strong sensation that I was feeling on a whole different level. Thoughts became very vivid with the desire and need to touch more lives with the dragonfly painting. When I got home, I knew I couldn't let all of these thoughts slip by, I just wasn't exactly sure what was next.
I walked in the house, made myself some hot coffee, grabbed my computer, and headed up to our attic - my studio space. As I often do right before I begin painting, I opened my computer to find an inspirational podcast or music to listen to. My go-to for quite sometime are Rob Bell's podcasts. I clicked on the Robcast link and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the latest episode - it was on GRIEF! "Shelby Forsythia is Giving Permission to Grieve". I practically laughed and said out loud - "What?! Really? Ok...I'll follow this lead, thank you 🙏". I do believe in signs and stars aligning, and knew with all my heart that this was one of those divine timing moments.
As I got behind my easel, I started listening to this new podcast while I simultaneously embellished "The Light". (This was a new print order that had recently come in from a dear friend and grieving mother, who happens to be the same mother behind the creation of the dragonfly painting ✨. This all felt like a full-circle experience.) While painting and listening, there were moments I literally felt breathless with so much emotion towards those who are living with grief every single day. My heart could hardly handle the imagined pain of so many people, those both near and dear to me who have recently lost a loved one, as well as those of you I've never even met.
I now understand more than ever, that a large part of my art is to give light to those who are grieving. To offer my art as a way of connecting and remembering their loved ones and allowing those who view my paintings to grieve and somehow feel like they are not alone on this journey. Many have already shared with me that my paintings bring them to a place of comfort and peace, and some so much as to "see" their loved ones in the light of my paintings.
I don't know exactly what the future holds for the channel of grief and my art, but for now, in the season of giving that is coming up, I would love to make my prints of "The Ascent of the Dragonflies" more assessable for all. Although I rarely discount or offer specials on my art, now feels like the time! I will be offering a special on prints of this painting in hopes to share these sparks of hope and comfort with more people, especially those whose holiday celebrations will be flipped upside-down this year. I'm even thinking of offering to customize the canvas prints with a loved one's name in them, for yourself or to give as a gift. Once I have a few details figured out, I'll be sending out another email coming soon with more details.
With love and light, and some giant virtual hugs to all who are wearing the many layers of grief,
PS, Now feels like the perfect time to explain a few details in this painting, as well as reveal the hidden dragonfly. See descriptions below!
1. The Stars from Peter Pan
In the movie Peter Pan, Peter tells Wendy the way to Neverland is,
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