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‘Under stars that shine’
full painting

full painting indoors with the flash on

close up

‘Under stars that shine’ from the Choir Series #9
24″ x 18″
painting wraps around sides, no frame needed.
Here is the quote that inspired the work:
Hope for the moment.
There are times when it is hard to believe in the future, when we are temporarily just not brave enough.
When this happens, concentrate on the present.
Cultivate le petit bonheur (the little happiness) until courage returns.
Look forward to the beauty of the next moment,
the next hour,
the promise of a good meal, sleep,
a book, a movie,
the likelihood that tonight the stars will shine
and tomorrow the sun will shine.
Sink roots into the present until the strength
grows to think about tomorrow.
Ardis Whitman
So again the light here is not so good, I took a few of these pictures, in the cold icy wind and tried not to shake. I then gave up when the camera started to freeze up and I went back inside, hung it on the drying wall and turned on the flash.
This was really fun to work on. Using some of what I am learning with the ‘Perception’ Series, I painted this whole painting with the blocks of color in mind for forming an image. I was deconstructing the work after it was blocked in with the colors and their values. I left the girls smooth and well blended, with much detail given to the creases and folds of thier almost white robes. I think they were playing in the field before sunset, and now are a little dingy, tired and in full awe of nature. There are tiny silver stars (not really they are ummm, dots) that just catch the light in the room and sparkle for them. Because of the layering of colors, there is a lot of depth and texture in this work.
They are sweet sisters, out past their bed time, that lost all track of time when the stars came to life in the patchwork sky.
When we look inside to our inner child, we find that seeing the world through that spirit can move mountains. We can heal any old wounds by just loving that child and taking him/her out at night to see the sun set, the moon rise and the stars that shine; unknown worlds, light traveling millions of light years to reach the eye that seeks it. We are the stuff of stars. We can love ourselves back to health, through the good, bad and the ugly of this reality and only have a happy life left in the memory bank.
The key to a happy life is editing. Some things need to end up on the cutting room floor. Feelings of not good enough, memories of old pain and hurtful people, thinking that fear is a bad thing, the physical limitations of our bodies, the acts of choice we have made. Splice what’s left together and you have no room at the end of the reel for regrets.
I hope you have a wonderful, insightful day.
Stay warm!
OMG, I hate the cold,
I hate the cold, I hate the cold.
the fine print:
‘Under stars that shine’ from the Choir Series #9
24″ x 18″
ready to hang/needs no frame/gallery wrapped canvas
$125.00 + shipping
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  1. JafaBrit's Art
    February 14, 2008

    what a fabulous post and it resonated so much with me. The blues knock my socks off, cobalts and ultramarines, oh YUM!Hey, happy valentine day 🙂

  2. Kris Cahill
    February 14, 2008

    Heather, your blog is gorgeous!! I can’t wait to move over here to WP, maybe today? I’m so glad you did, because I could NOT comment yesterday when I tried, your blog kept freezing up on me. A good move, indeed! Because I have something for you over on mine, and couldn’t let you know before.

    I love this post, especially the line, “The key to a happy life is editing.” Absolutely! Also, who’s the writer, director, editor of one’s own movie? Nice post. This painting is fantastic too. I’m with Corinne here about the colors, truly yummy.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  3. cynthia
    February 14, 2008

    You moved! How to you transfer all your posts over from blogger?

    Love your new work too!

    PS I can’t wait for spring and summer too.

  4. badkittyartstudio
    February 15, 2008

    Thank you all! I was really worried that this work would not “resonate” with people, nice to see I was wrong. It’s OK to talk about your inner child it seems, thank the good Lord(s), because I am working through all that editing stuff that needs to be done! 🙂
    Cynthia, WordPress has a handy little transfer tool to move everything over, it was really easy and no ones computer is locking up because of my stupid blogger blog anymore. People can comment (joy of joys), and WP has a much better platform than blogger. If you want/need any more info, just email me I’d be happy to help, if I can. Love to all three of you!

  5. sara
    February 15, 2008

    Oh Heather you have done it again!

    I love this one! The colors are so wonderful and soothing. And talking about the inner child stuff is a good thing. i think we all are working on this on and off through the years.

    This is beautiful and so meaningful!

  6. the lone beader
    February 16, 2008

    This is beautiful! I love the mosaic look of it! 😀

    Also, thanks for linking to my blog! I really appreciate that! 😀

  7. badkittyartstudio
    February 16, 2008

    Hey Lone Beader! I have not seen you around in a while, I love your work so I’ve always linked to you. Don’t get lost on your submarine trip and come back and see us sometime! I didn’t think about the mosaic look…you are so right! Hey that gives me another idea…..thanks for being my muse this morning!

  8. Sandra
    February 16, 2008

    Your picture brought up warm feelings; reminding me of when my daughter would lean against my shoulder and I would tell her, “Go have adventures.”


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