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#dailygratitude - Looking Within

“Title : “Through the Looking Glass - Self Portrait”- Oil Pastel on Paper - 24” x 18”

Who are you

Inside this mirrored frame?

Are you this woman?

What is your name?

Have I forgotten to look within

At the beauty I’ve been given?

Where are the blessings?

Are they hidden?

Still the mind.

Relax the body.

To self be kind.

Believe.

The Backstory:

Another self portrait began as a classroom assignment during a life drawing class in 2006. A little makeup mirror was held up in front of me while I painted the woman in the mirror. These were hard years. My older daughters were becoming young, independent women, while my youngest (with Autism), still remained a child in a teen’s body. Hormones were at the forefront, and the home was chaotic. I was exhausted. The only way to balance my heart was to immerse myself in my Art. Finding a class at a local community college helped me both mentally and physically. In this piece,my 3 daughters are portrayed in the background. My husband’s portrait is placed behind them as he watches on and supports our family. I finished this piece 6 years later, after placing my youngest in a crisis home. Four years after living in different group homes, she returned to live with us again.

These are the days of our life.

After all, it’s a beautiful life.

©Bjlane

These next few weeks I will be featuring portraits and poetry from my newest exhibition,

“Memoirs of the heart”. Highlighting family I focus on the essence of emotion, and the connection that binds us all ... the human heart.

Available for viewing during library hours.

Through March 28, 2020

Portrait workshop: Sat. 2/8/20 2-4pm

Closing reception: Sat. 3/21/20 2-4pm

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