Be the change you wish to see in the world

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Given the shocking events of last Friday, it is so difficult to find the right words – but I remembered this collage canvass I made some years ago and it sums up my feelings about this whole situation.

It was created at a time when I had lots of my girlfriends coming for tea and cake to my studio but they were terrified of doing anything arty, so we began to paint with glitter; it was such an easier fun way to be creative.

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While the top quotation says

You must be the change you wish to see in the world

I wanted to express the transformation that love can bring – so I used words that would also link together to create love.

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Butterflies symbolise transformation I wanted them to look as if they had just rested a moment on the canvass.

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While the swirls of blue and white create movement

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Some might call it childish, I found great pleasure in using the blue tones mixed in with a little purple.

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The butterflies were cut from a lovely birthday card I had received earlier in that year.

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Around the canvass you can also see tiny seed purls – another suggestion of transformation – an oyster changes an irritating grain of sand into a thing of beauty.

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I won’t focus on how much this world is full of hatred and misery

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but instead, Β in my own small way, spread love with a smile, a word of thanks or a listening ear. Not world changing but within my power.

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12 thoughts on “Be the change you wish to see in the world

    • Lovely to hear from you Timberlina – your kind words are so lovely to read. It is hard to photograph, because of the glitter it sparkles much more than the pictures but I am thrilled so many of you have liked it.

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    • Thank you Sewchet – when these terrible things happen its the sense of ‘what can I do’ that bothers me the most. Once I realise that I can, in my small way, act positively – it somehow feels a little better.

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