I Struggled Painting the Eyes

 

I felt a heaviness in my heart hearing this story. This painting was a reflection of the profound loss experienced—the loss of my child. The pain, grief, emptiness—all of it poured onto the canvas with each stroke of my brush.

 

I felt paralyzed by the eyes…

I struggled painting both the eyes on the mother and baby. How could I capture the innocence and purity of a child's gaze, yet convey the depth of sorrow and longing? Like trying to hold a piece of fleeting eternity.

In that moment of artistic struggle, I had an idea. Gold leaf over the eyes, a symbol of divine radiance, and gently covered the eyes of the baby. It was as if I was veiling the pain, shielding those innocent eyes from the harsh reality of loss. The gold leaf brought a unique luminosity to the painting, and somehow, it captured the essence of what I wanted to express.

"She ROSE Up" became a testament to the enduring love and connection between a mother and her child, transcending even the pain of separation. It was a painful journey, both in life and in art, but in the end, it was a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of creation.