This mixed media painting is 24″ round and is .5″ deep. The sides are black. This painting is available HERE
“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches , with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”
“Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human? ”
Neil Gaiman, Stardust
It is my 15 years olds birthday today. It is such a beautiful hot day today, not at all like the day she was born. I often joke that I created my own muse (s) but really it is no joke. I conjured this girl. She was the perfect subject to paint, those big eyes, that dolly nose, the hair, OMG the hair. She was born with a full head of hair, by the time she was six months, she had pigtails. Before Imogen, my paintings were sad. Dark, in both colour and sentiment. I floundered around for inspiration. Art was a struggle, it eluded me. I painted but their was little to no joy in it. I didn’t t find the joy immediately. No, I didn’t jump out of bed after her birth and start painting bright, authentic paintings. Inspiration did not fill me up immediately after her birth. But slowly, slowly it started storing itself in my body and by the time I had Scarlett and by the time she finally started having afternoon naps and Imogen was at play school two time a week, by this time, I was able to start dipping into that beautiful pool of creativity that my children had allowed me to develop. I always knew that their were two things that I wanted to be 1. a mother and 2. an artist , I did not know, however, that they would have to come in that order. That, until I had my girls, I could not fulfill my dream of being an authentic artist. I don’t know why, but I guess I don’t really need to . It took Chris and I a long time to get pregnant, a lot of heart ache, tests, charts, surgeries but my goodness, look at what we were blessed with. We are the lucky of the luckiest people. I am so proud of my girls and I am eternally grateful to them both for igniting a passion in me that was only a tiny little flame before they were born.
Happy Birthday Imogen