Kaleidoscope Moon For Children Gone Too Soon Number - 4 Cerulean Valentine
Mixed Media - Silk-featherbrush
Kaleidoscope Moon for Children Gone to Soon Number - 4 Cerulean Valentine (Silk-Featherbrush Number 18)
THE IMAGE ITSELF
This is the fourth canvas in the "Kaleidoscope Moon for Children Gone to Soon Series" and the eighteenth Silk-Featherbrush print. If the numbering is a little confusing, I apologize for that and confess to sometimes getting a little ahead of myself. But I am happy about the way different styles as well as different themes in developing artwork reinforce each other.
Cerulean blue was included in the title of this piece to specify it is more about the transcendent nature of love itself than the painful depression which can follow the loss of a loved one to violence (as people in Nairobi, Kenya, and elsewhere are currently experiencing). It celebrates the spark of hopes and flurry of dreams shared regarding those lives previous to the loss and the cherished memories which persist afterwards. So in this image the heart stands somewhat embattled but holding its ground in the name of love, faith, and undefeated joy while the Kaleidoscope Moon shines with compassionate solidarity above and a smaller light glows nearby.
THE STORY BEHIND THE SERIES
During the holiday season some years ago, I lost a niece and nephew to extreme violence and chose to honor their lives by naming a Christmas tree after them. It was my way of gifting them the joy of which they had been robbed. The new Kaleidoscope Moons Series is an extension of that tradition in honor of children lost to such violence around the world as we move forward into 2019. It is also an expression of standing in solidarity with families who have endured these losses as they adjust to something from which they are unlikely to ever fully recover. Therefore, in lieu of a Christmas tree, the Kaleidoscope Moons Series.
Specifically: The news out of Houston, Texas (USA) was particularly gruesome upon learning that 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes had been shot and killed while in a car with her family the morning before New Year's Eve. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, was also shot but survived along with 3 other daughters. In my hometown of Savannah, Georgia, an up-and-coming 17-year-old rapper named Tyrese Carter and a 20-year-old named Jamar Davis Jr. were shot dead within 24 hours after the New Year got underway.
The family of one gun violence victim, former university student Rebecca Foley killed 6 years ago in Savannah, announced plans to fight back. They are suing, to the tune of $35 million, the owners of the apartment complex where Ms. Foley was killed for the "inadequate security" they feel contributed to her death.
Obviously art cannot bring back any of our loved ones lost to senseless violence. But for those who did not get their chance to establish mega-stardom and document their passage on this journey we call life, the Kaleidoscope Moons Series can testify on their behalf. It can proclaim they were here and their lives were as deserving of celebration and remembrance as anyone's.
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