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.
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.
Butterflies symbolise transformation I wanted them to look as if they had just rested a moment on the canvass.
While the swirls of blue and white create movement
Some might call it childish, I found great pleasure in using the blue tones mixed in with a little purple.
The butterflies were cut from a lovely birthday card I had received earlier in that year.
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.
I won’t focus on how much this world is full of hatred and misery
but instead, 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.