Every January the Springfield Regional Arts Council asks its members to donate a piece for auction. It’s their yearly fundraiser and I usually try to participate. The theme has been Hearts for the Arts for several years. That’s always a tough theme for me; I’m not a big ‘heart’ girl. So for inspiration I went looking for hearts by my favorite artists.
I thought of Frida Kahlo of course. I did a piece inspired by The Two Fridas before and the weird thing is that in my memory I painted the heart on one panel and the scissors on the other, without much of either body. Then I went back to look and I didn’t. I considered doing a new painting in this way that I remembered but I wasn’t all that excited about redoing something so similar to something I’d painted before.
I thought for sure there was a heart piece by Jean Michel Basquiat but this was the only one I ran across. [Looking back now I see this one influenced me more than I thought it did.]
Then I looked for Andy Warhol heart pieces and found these.
I love that collage piece but I don’t have my own idea for a take on it. I really wanted to do a piece title Women in Revolt. That seemed so timely and relevant. I was trying to think of who I’d put in that spot… what woman would I paint revolting? Then as I read more about this film the idea sort of fizzled.
I thought of Keith Haring’s hearts. And I decided to do a mash up of Keith and Frida Kahlo. I think these two would have been good friends. I got pretty far on that piece but it never “read” right to me.
Per usual THE idea came when I wasn’t actively looking for it. Over the weekend I read Oliver Jeffers’ new book. It’s fantastic. I loved reading about the ideas behind his series.
He uses a lot of handwriting and arrows and diagrams and maps. So then inspired by his work, I thought of the anatomical heart with a diagram of fun things in an artist’s heart/the things we love.
I really like how this one turned out. I like that it has a sort of vintage feel to it. And I like that it’s a little playful and fun. If you like the piece, it’s for sale! Here’s a link to the auction benefitting Springfield Regional Arts Council.