The Intentional Creativity process always begins with an intention and a prayer. This painting was created to honor my friend, Stephen Buggy, and to be donated to the fund raising effort to help off-set the expenses incurred in his waiting process for a heart transplant.
Robert Holden shared in a daily email the following exercise by Matthew Anderson:
“There is a prayer that lives in the center of your heart.
If you pray it, it will change your life. How does it begin?”
This was the inspiration to begin. As you can see in the Process Photos, the painting went through many layers and many transformations. As I begin a painting, I usually have no idea where the painting will end up. This is part of what Intentional Creativity teaches, to tune into that inner voice, to follow where it leads.
One layer included adding texture and words using modelling paste and stencils (LOVE, HOPE, hearts, and pattern). A very rough sketch of an anatomical heart was overlaid to the heart shape.
Stephen’s favorite flower is a hydrangea. I found petals from a blue hydrangea I had saved last year. I attached 46 petals to one edge representing Stephen’s 46 years.
Words and phrases from magazines, fortune cookies, and candy wrappers were collaged to one layer. (LOVE, “Never underestimate the power of the human touch.” [Did I mention Stephen LOVES to have his back scratched?], “Treat everyday as a gift.”)
Of course, as Stephen’s favorite color, lots of Mint Green paint went into the process.
One day in meditation, the tree (with hearts), beach and water showed up. Even now that the painting is complete, I don’t fully understand the symbolism or message. I do know that Stephen loves being outside in nature!
There are bottle caps from LIVE Kombucha sodas which adorn the back stretchers of the canvas with inspirational messages.
“Celebrate the Little Things”
“Live, Love, Laugh” [Stephen has THE Best laugh!]
“You are Loved”
“Love is Always the Answer”
Yes, my grammar teacher is having a fit, but the painting is named “Hearts are MINT for LOVE,” because Stephen’s favorite color is MINT green!
I met Stephen in January, 2013, as a co-worker at Cherry Creek Mortgage where I first went back to work after almost 20 years of being a Domestic Goddess. Needless to say, I was nervous. Stephen and his ready smile, his optimistic outlook, and his willing kindness eased my transition back into the corporate work place. At that time, Stephen had been living with severe heart issues for several years. Yet, he embodied a zest for life!
We started out as co-workers, grew into friends, and have ended up as neighbors. On February 7, I received a call from Stephen at 6:30 in the morning. He was having chest pains and felt like he needed to go to the hospital. I reminded him to call 911. I was at his house within 10 minutes and the paramedic was already there with him. We hung out together in the ER that day. I got to go home. Stephen was transferred to another hospital after a few days of evaluation, and is still there waiting for his new heart [as of April 28, 2017].
It’s difficult to see our loved ones struggle and suffer through life challenges. Sharing this experience with Stephen has been a practice in being present in each moment. For in the moment is where LIFE happens and is where LOVE lives! <3
“Hearts are MINT for LOVE”
by Sally Fuller Richard
Created in Honor of Stephen Buggy
(Happy Hour for a Heart Benefit - May 1, 2017)
18 x 24 x 1.5” Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Isolation Layer – Golden Soft Gel (Gloss)
Golden Polymer Varnish with UVLS (Gloss & Matte)
Conroe, Texas, USA
The sides of my paintings are painted red to honor the “Red Thread” tradition of many cultures. This tradition says that people who are destined to meet are connected by a red thread from birth. The thread may tangle and stretch, but it will never break.