‘Love come rescue’ is an oil painting that I completed recently for a project in collaboration with Mayo Clinic Health System. Expressing the stories of the healthcare workers in our community rang a bell for me. Thinking about what the healthcare workers have been going through — I wanted to do something as an artist to honor their work.
How has the pandemic impacted you? How do you deal with it? I find that art resonates when it expresses things that we can’t express with words.
The Healing Reflections mural wall visited Eau Claire at the Pablo Center one day. I had the good fortune to be able to speak with Dr. Todd Wright who was one of the people that came up with the idea of the mural project. His enthusiasm and compassion were contagious!
Once I read the stories that were sent to me, one stood out because of the way this person expressed their emotion. Their anger and frustration, the isolation and trying to work through the day-to-day in a situation like the pandemic spoke to me.
I tend to get a rush of ideas, and so it started. The final idea is simple and yet speaks to the essence of what they went through. Isolation — of others because of the pandemic / Covid or because of their own anger or because of the work situation — all are represented by the large, thorny branches. We’re isolated.
The dove is usually seen as a sign of peace or love and yet this dove is flying into the face of all these thorns. It’s coming to rescue us. Will it be hurt in the process?
We can see (and BE) compassion for others by our actions. We can, even when we’re separated, express the love for our neighbor through what we do or don’t do. We (like the dove) may be hurt in the process, but that doesn’t reduce the need or the beauty of the effort.
Below is a video they created that talks about the idea of the mural project. Enjoy!
I named this one ‘Imagination’ because of how excited I used to get when I saw big merry-go-rounds. I would search and search for the best and most beautiful horse to ride — bonus if they went up and down!
There are things that still spark that excitement for me. Yes, and merry-go-rounds.
‘Big Bear’, larger than 10×12, oil on wood. This painting is actually on a piece of furniture for my parents. It is a measure of ‘try, try again’ because I had to sand the first painting down and start over.
Persistence is key! Whenever I find that I have a new obstacle in my artistic journey, I have to slow down and push to get past it. This was one of those projects, but when I did get it right, it was SO fun.
I love this painting just because of the light — who wouldn’t fall in love with ‘No Bull’? I’m tempted to do this again just to play with it, but we’ll see — I have plenty of things that I’m painting lately.
This is a 5×7 oil painting on linen panel.
Fighting a little burnout today. All work and no play means that I took a nap, too. Whenever I lose motivation, I always think ‘nap’. 😉
I’m planning to enter this beautiful little piece in Arts West. No idea if they will accept, of course — and every year they choose a different artist to curate the event, so how can you plan for that? Create art, take great photos and hope for the best.