map of the heart

i have not drawn anything for years…truly.  i have created felted creatures, knitted, cross-stitched, etc. but no drawing.  so to draw a map of my heart was pushing me into old and new territory at the same time.  i chose to use collage and drawing to ease my way back into drawing.

Senua

map of my heart--follow the path

map of my heart--follow the path

detail:  butterfly & flowers

detail: butterfly & flowers

detail: oncoming storm

detail: oncoming storm

detail:  a sunburst, my children

detail: a sunburst, my children

detail:  hugs, joy, kisses

detail: hugs, joy, kisses

detail:  autumn trees and river

detail: autumn trees and river

detail:  cat in window and mountain at dawn

detail: cat in window and mountain at dawn

detail:  ravens

detail: ravens

detail:  a spiral to life and love

detail: a spiral to life and love

detail:  contents of Life and Love

detail: contents of Life and Love

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11 responses

  1. The Hestia Principle has a way of pushing us to push the envelope, to cross over the threshold and take a chance. Keep drawing.

  2. Personally, I, who had never drawn until I picked up pencils in 2005 when my husband was so ill, know just what this language offers. I made drawing a daily practice and completed a drawing a day for two years until his death. My pace slowed for awhile and this year I have had so much on that it has reduced to a trickle. But now, with pencils back in hand I feel a sense of calm. So persist with this Senua.

    1. i was pleased with the colored pencils which means i will have to return to them. also, drawing the trees and water gave me a sense of calm so definitely something to persue.

  3. This is so moving – sometimes the way forward is to map with every sense and move from writing to art, to image, to memory – just beautiful!!!

  4. Your drawing and collage is lovely. I particularly like the autumn trees and the river – I agree with Heather, pencil drawing is very calming. There’s something about that flow of colour over the page that soothes.

    1. now i need to get my own pencils and stop ‘borrowing’ the pencils from my nieces and nephews 🙂

  5. Weaving collage and drawing together is a wonderful way to map your heart. I didn’t begin drawing until the age of 44. (Must be something about moving my ability to create from my womb to my mind.) Your beginning is incredible and I can’t wait for the next one.

  6. thank you for not only sharing this lovely map of the heart but for also showing each section in greater detail. Your use of the 3D items gives further depth to the map. I’m looking forward to your further work.

    1. i enjoyed including the box. i love making tiny boxes for my nieces and nephews with surprises so i knew that had to part of my heart map.

  7. this is beautiful – thank you for showing the close-ups too – i am delighted you took the plunge and drew/collaged – what a wonderful result 🙂

  8. This is absolutely spectacular…I love how different things are combined and increase the connectivity between other things…

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