I posted some of the pieces that I have been working on in my CED Blog...but the picture that has meant the most to me is the one that I made yesterday...hoping that the image will pay proper tribute to those innocent lives lost on Friday, December 14th at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
Please note: I am posting this version on my various social media pages and my website so that others can share as they wish.
The shooting of twenty-six people...almost all were children...completely, utterly senseless. Horrific.
When I heard this on Friday...I just wept. I cannot imagine what the families must be going through. And so close to the holidays.
It made me think back to the years I taught K-2...all those little folks, excited and so full of life. I just cannot fathom anyone wanting to hurt a child. I don't want to understand such evil. I just want to make art, hoping that it will help in the healing process, or at the very least commemorate the lives lost on that terrible day.
Yesterday I spent the day with my husband. We were at City Place in West Palm Beach. They were having a 'Snow Day', which attracted a pretty big crowd- mostly children. Walking around watching the kids so excited about one little patch of 'snow' in sunny South Florida...and just feeling their general holiday excitement... I just kept thinking about the children lost in Newtown. I enjoyed my afternoon, but I kept finding myself with tears in my eyes, my heart heavy.
So last night I made this piece, CED #350. My theme has been 'celebrations' and I have been working with a Christmas theme, most recently whimsical girls with candy cane hair. The piece I made last night uses the same motifs found in the work from the series but has a more somber feel to it. It represents taking a minute to remember those lost, and to remember to 'celebrate' those that you love.
And I started another piece last night.
I have been thinking about this piece since Friday night and I finally started it. I am working with a female image, an angel, and the idea of releasing butterflies...twenty-six butterflies, souls, that have left us.
Us. The collective us who are mourning this loss, a whole nation of people who stood still and wept when we heard the news.
And this is all I know to do, make some art. Send it off. Hope that it will provide some comfort to someone, somewhere.
And I want to end this blog post on a lighter note. I just have to.
Yesterday, we missed the Macy's Santa but there was still paper there for mailing letters to him, so I took my time to send him a special note for all the kids out there...
Artist and Art Teacher