Here is my completed Illuminated Heart, Titled "Building Wings". This painting, for me, was about opening up my heart, and working on giving and receiving love. I am not very good at receiving love-I often feel that my needs may be a burden, or that I haven't given enough to deserve love or the help that I ask for. I often feel that I can handle it and do it myself, and often that is what I do-but if I had asked for the help or love that I needed then things would be a lot different, I would have saved myself a lot of stress and would have worked on building a relationship.
One piece of the process was to free write a poem and here is what came up for me:
"It wasn't always this way," you said,
I chose to incorporate pieces of my writing into the painting around the edges of my heart. I couldn't fit the whole thing so I just put the pieces that were most meaningful to me.
What about you? Are there any times that your heart was knocking and you didn't listen and wish you had? What would happen if we checked in with our hearts for every decision we made? Even for something as simple as what email to check first.
Thanks for reading. This post is very open for me and personal. I am a little nervous posting it-but the heart wants it there.
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.