Photo Friday–Heart therapy

21 Dec 2012

This week I think it will be especially important for me to use art making as a way to express my feelings of sorrow for the victims of the Newtown, CT shooting. As a mom, as volunteer at our local elementary school, as a human, I need to find a way to cope with the sadness. Today’s photo is a small section of gelatin printed collage that I created a couple years ago to celebrate joy. I used old cabinet hardware in the shape of a shield and wings to show my resiliency, and my happiness with my place in the world.

Shielded Heart

This week, I think we might all need a little of this. We need to mend that dent in our armor and love our kids just a little more.

I encourage you to be inspired by the colors, the original intent of this piece, the theme of a “protected” hear, or whatever might help you through this sad time, not only for our nation, but for the world.

Our thoughts are with the families of Newtown, and the professionals who are assisting them on these very, very sad days.

We hope you’ll consider sharing your healing art with the community by uploading a picture here.



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cal8007 wrote
on 21 Dec 2012 6:14 PM

Thanks for the idea!


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CarolineA wrote
on 22 Dec 2012 7:39 AM

This tragedy has touched hearts all around the world, and we are all in need of a little loving care, but most of all the people of Newtown who's lives have been torn apart so brutally. This is a lovely symbol of the strength and resilience we need to overcome a tragedy like this. While we have to move on we should not forget, and we need to learn from what has happened so that those little ones and their teachers did not die in vain.

This is the season of love, peace and goodwill to all; despite its appalling start, may the coming new year see us all safe and protected.

artmnky wrote
on 28 Dec 2012 10:17 AM

Lovely piece, lovely words..I'm sure they reach the hearts of those who are helping and the ears of those who have left us.  We all share in the loss of these children as Parents, as Teachers, as Mothers as Humans.  Yes something beautiful would be nice.  Thanks to you and yours over the Holiday Season.