This horse painting appears to be total whimsy. However, it appeared at a time when I felt the wind had been knocked out of me, out of many of us. It was the occasion of the 2016 presidential election in the United States. The helplessness and shock that I felt with the election of someone whose values were so opposite to my own, to so many of us.
The one word on this mixed media piece is WISDOM. I felt that this was what was needed more than anything. This seemed to be lacking in the newly elected administration. I painted and collaged this white whimsical horse as a way to cope with what was ahead. As I prayed for a leader who loves the earth, mankind and all of our relations.
In one sense, this could be seen as a political cartoon or a bit of satire. After the election of 2016, things were (and continue to be) extremely serious.
Picking up a brush, pencil, paints, clay, charcoal, pastels, watercolors–any creative tool can help you to cope with what is challenging. It can give you a field of expression when you feel powerless or without a voice.
I have several art journals. They are a private expression of things that seem too large to manage; the word could be unwieldy. Words and images blend on these pages to express what I feel and have trouble sharing with others. Or understanding myself.
What about you? Do you have a journal for your writing and art? Or several? Use them.