This painting is so special to me. I took a painting that was created out of joy, admiration and inspiration that had since had negative things attached to it. An artist who let me take photographs of her and do a painting then later threatened to sue me for selling the artwork. Lots of nonsense and negativity. Everything opposite of what I stand for in my artwork and business. When the exchange first occured I allowed myself to cry for a few minutes. This person was trying to assure me not to take it personally… could there be a more personal business than spending hundreds of hours pouring my soul onto canvas. Feeling vulnerable in my views, my work. She then told me that she’d be happy to possible sell the work and we could split the money, blah blah blah.. I assured her that the work no longer held the same meaning for me. That I could 100% guarantee that I would have no interest in EVER selling that work, in fact I’d be painting over it. Then I hid all the email exchanged, said a prayer and promised myself I’d move on and use this as a growing experience. (get releases in writing)
So that leads me to a few months back. I joyously spray painted over part of the canvas and sat quietly and felt what it should transform into. I knew it was supposed to be a dream catcher. Symbolizing weeding out the negative. Focusing and celebrating the good in people and life. Celebrating our dreams.
I recorded the painting on on a time-lapse video. It’s been sitting on my computer for over 9 months.
That leads me to today. I woke up today and knew that today was the day. It’s time to share 5 feathers with the world. I lovingly share this video and I am so thrilled to have the background music be a recording done decades ago of my parents singing together. (So special to me).
So I dedicate this painting to everyone who, in the face of negativity, has instead chosen good. Chosen happiness, chosen to go for their dreams.
Behind each of the feathers I wrote a message. They are:
– Leave the world a better place
– Abundance of love
– Connection. Believe.
– Peaceful thoughtful life
Those are some of the believes and goals I live my life by. What would your 5 feathers say?
You can find the time-lapse video of me painting here on youtube:
You can also find this original on my etsy site here (but don’t miss out on the video!): https://www.etsy.com/listing/228412253