Saturday, March 19, 2011

finished!!! We Share One Moon





I'm always searching for the reasons why I paint.  I'm drawn constantly to my studio to draw or paint and create something where there was previously nothing...this draw sometimes gets me a little nutty since I'm a busy mom of three.  I'm balancing the "have tos" with the "i want tos".  You know what I mean...the "have tos" include but are not limited to, laundry, dishes, meals, cleaning. referreeing (spelling?), chaperoning, etc.  I'm discovering that this need to create will only fester and make me frustrated if I don't listen.  It was maybe a whisper for a while but it's heard loudly and very clearly today.  It is part of me.  It's who I am.  I know that I will not create maserpieces on a daily basis but I will create.  I will draw and paint and make things that were previously nothing but bits and pieces or paper or canvas.  I am not in it for the money or the prestige (a little nod of encouragement is always appreciated but not necessary) and I will keep going even if other people question my subject matter or my methods or the amount of time I devote to what they might see as "silly" or "foolish" or even "a waste of time."  I am an artist and I am me.  I am a mother but I have layers like everyone else and I refuse to make apologies for what I am passionate about outside of my family.  I'm devoted to my family and in that is me...aren't we as moms part of that family we're so devoted to and passionate about?  Without taking care of yourself, there is no taking care of anyone else.  You must feed your soul...in doing so, you better yourself for everyone else.  You show your children that you are self confident, you love yourself, you are ok with you.  Maybe that leads to them being ok with themselves, too....we can hope, right? 

So, I paint.  I draw, I dream, I imagine, and I create.  I feel alive when I do and I feel reconnected with the world somehow.  This painting has revealed itself recently in light of Japan's horrible circumstances.  I hope everyone can relate to the "something bigger than us" concept.  Perhaps "she" is Mother Nature, pregnant with new life, preparing to plant new life, holding the moon in her hands.  I initially titled this "She Holds the Moon" but I felt like "We Share One Moon" was more appropriate once I added the star painted like the Japanese flag.  I hope that when you look at this painting, you feel connected to the people of Japan and that you remember we do share one moon.  They are suffering in ways most of us can only imagine.  As humans though, we can empathize with their mourning, worrying, crying, dying, weeping, etc.  We need to keep them close to our hearts and do what we can even in small ways such as praying.  This is what I have done...beyond praying, and I hope it can help somehow. 

12 comments:

  1. WOW, GIRL!!! I think this is one of my very favorites, and what a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to those across the ocean that we can only imagine how they are feeling at this moment. Megan, the feelings you have came through so emotionally painted and I feel it!!!! This is fabulous!!!! I'm sure not for sale yet....let me know what you do with this one....it is truly a finished and polished and felt piece!!! Keep it up....I have had five grand kids all week,...with trying to get ready for Antique weekend....a joy, they are, exhausted, I AM...they are from three to ten years old....I miss painting lately!! I can't tell you how wonderful your piece is and how glad I got to see it tonite!!! Have had such a heavy heart for Japan....this helped.

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  2. Beautifully written & painted Megan!! The tragedy in Japan has moved me too beyond words. I think it is absolutely wonderful that the world around us moves you & you reflect that on canvas. Beautiful. :)

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  3. love it! and i couldn't agree with everything you've said in your post.

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  4. You touched my soul!

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  5. beautiful post and i love the painting....

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  6. Megan, I think you have outdone yourself--again!
    This is beautiful and fun-filled and is for such a good cause. I hope you get more paint time and continue with your peeps because your art is a breath of fresh air.

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  7. Hi Megan - I just discovered your blog today. I love your style - love your work - love your color. I will definitely be visiting again. Keep up the good work!

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  8. Beautifully deep painting and for such a wonderful cause - to remember and relate to those in Japan. What suffering. I agree with you, you cannot keep all that creativity inside of you and not do anything about it, God made you an artist for a reason!
    Hugs and blessings

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  9. Love this piece and the colors!!!:O) Awesome!!:O)

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  10. She turned out wonderful!

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  11. This painting is magnificent. I love it so very much.
    Adding my many prayers to yours...

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