I believe in joy. Truly. I believe in finding peace in your soul so that no one can take it away from you, no matter what your circumstances.
I say this, of course, because growing up things were bad for me, but I always had joy. I believe this was due to my faith. No matter how often I was belittled or hit or whatever else, I could say I had joy. Even during times that were sad.
So, I wanted to do a picture based on joy. I wanted to write words that described joy.
The picture had to be one where someone is content. No huge smiles, which can too often mask pain. No awkward poses. Just a girl with a simple, calm look that says, “It’s going to be all right.”
I used a canvas board (still my favorite thing to use ever) for this along with oil sticks, inks, acrylics, paper, and lace. Just a few things! And even though the painting took several hours, you can view it all being made through the magic of (sped up) video:
This original is currently for sale in my shop.