As I painted this I kept thinking of a borderline personality trait called black and white thinking. I tend to see things as all good or all bad. Instead of being on one side of the extreme I'd like to be a little bit more towards the middle. The individual in the painting leans to one side and looks towards the sun. She is hopeful that one day she will stand closer to the middle of life and see gradation of tone. The world can be in full colour but when the mind has suffered a blow colours begin to look alike until finally only two are left. The division is stark: black (bad) white (good).
It is a gift to humankind to see in colour. It is my hope that I will one day regain the gift of colour, the ability to see gradations instead of black and white, all good or all bad. When I once again hold this blessing of colour, I'll never take my eyes off it.
What is Sundrip? Sundrip is hope that drips from the sun.
Take the breath of the morning sun and run. Take the fire of the morning sun and live. Dance with it. Laugh with it. Accept the hope that the new sun brings and never forget the blessings that drip ever so lightly.
The full journal entry for this painting and the blessing that inspired it can be seen on the healing journal by clicking this link.
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Title: Look Away Angel
Media: Graphic art, chalk
Primary colors: blue, white, red, brown
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Rainbow Child by Austin
Picture It Publish It, Medium Chalk over Watercolor (2925x3956 pixels/820 KB)
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Sun Child by Austin
Picture it Publish It, Medium Chalk (1757x2035 pixels/642 KB)
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Post Card Home - Willow Child
The paintings look very different when reduced in size. The reduction takes away from the experience in that the viewer is unable to see textures and details in their full size. Unfortunately one can't put the best resolution of their work on the net without copyright infringement concerns so viewers are stuck with smaller resolution images. I always save a copy of the image without all that on it, with just my name in the corner. When it comes time to put paintings up for sale I have a clean high resolution image with which to provide art lover looking for quality paintings of black children and sunflowers or rainbows and swans.
For more images of black children with flowers, butterflies or as fairies and pixies click the side bar category black children or fantasy.
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Art by Austin
Title: Lady In Red
This painting started out as a dragon fly and ended up being a flower made of dragon flies with one dragon fly in the right hand corner. It's another example of starting out to paint one thing and ending up with a totally different picture.
As I zoomed in the check the integrity of the painting I realized I liked the head of the flower by itself too so I cropped it. It reminds me of something I'd see at a children's hospital on the wall. At Riley Hospital for Children here in Indianapolis the walls have art by children. They're usually filled with colour even though the kids are very, very ill. I find that inspiring. The rest of this entry can be found on my healing journal. I try to keep this journal here for artwork and the other for processing experiences.
The People Behind My Eyes is a survivors journal.
Art by Austin
Title 1 - Dragonfly Flower
Title 2- Flower Head
A mind of mayhem
Twisted and tangled
Unsure of the way out
Looks to the North, to the South
To the Sea, to the Sky
And perceives every angle in rich, unadulterated fear.
Art and poetry by Austin (Arrow)
Poem title- A Mind of Mayhem
Art title 1- Fearful Mind
Art title 2- Twisted Visions
Every rose has its thorn but sunflowers give beauty unconditionally.
Mama says that just because she loves sunflowers but I like roses too. I can spot them a mile away. I spot them in commercials, on products in the store, on billboards and anywhere else. We found some in the store yesterday.
Yesterday we mailed out cards to friends. That was really fun. Mama says we can do that more often if we want to so she got some stamps for us. We mailed one to Keepers and to Beauty and to our friend JAGA too. I can't wait for them to get their card. That was fun.
And we went to get Chinese food the other day but that time it wasn't such a great day. The people rushed us out of there but I still liked the squid and the crab legs and shrimp. They have all kinds of seafood. And they have great sweets too. They have espresso cake and chess pie and pineapple cake and they even have rice crispy treats. I hope we go there again. I like the crab legs. Blossom wouldn't eat the frog legs because she says she likes frogs too much. I like them too but I try not to think about them hopping around when I'm eating them.
So this is the rose I made for Mama. I suppose Blossom will see it too but she might not like it because it doesn't look perfect. She will see only what I did wrong on the picture and then I'll just feel stupid so I might not show it to her at all. How come someone can only see a flaw stand out from something that might have other stuff than mistakes to offer? I don't understand it.
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