I’ve been doing a lot of sketching over the last year. I love coming up with concepts from my imagination. For this painting I was thinking about how, as we get older, it seems our hearts grow in certain ways (metaphorically speaking). Our families have new additions, and at the same time we lose people as well. We meet more and more people, and we create more and more friendships. I’m not sure why I was thinking about this. I think a lot when I fly on planes, cause I’m not a big talker, so I keep to myself most of the time unless I’m next to one of those people who just HAVE to talk to you. Usually inserting the headphones deters that. 🙂
Anyway, I was thinking about how many people there are in the world while I was flying to one of my destinations. I always have that thought when I fly. It blows my mind how many people there are on the planet. I live in a really remote location, so every time I fly over dense population I just can’t believe that people live so close together. Maybe I’m too much of a hermit, but I’ve really become used to not seeing neighbors. I don’t mean that in a negative way at all either. I really like people a lot, I just like privacy a lot too. Anyway, I digress.
With that many people in the world, I was thinking about how each person is connected to a number of other people, who are then connected to other people and so on and so on. In a way we are all connected somehow, just because someone I know is friends with some other person who is friends with or is related to another person and those links pretty much go forever. So what does that have to do with this painting?
I just think its crazy how over time we make so many connections, and how we care about more and more people over time. When we are babies we rely on our parents and siblings, and as we get older we start to make friends, and new relatives are born. Our hearts are always growing. So with that in mind the painting kind of becomes obvious, with the branches and leaves. I liked the idea of a bird being part of the painting too for two reasons. It just shows how our hearts (or our love/feeling) is connected to other life. And two, a bird flies over the world all the time and sees the connections below (kind of like when I was flying over the country when I came up with the idea).
So that’s the basic idea for this painting. It all started with a basic sketch, and turned into a painting. That’s something I’m going to be doing more of in the near future. Below I did a little time lapse video of this painting. Feel free to watch!
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