Saturday, February 20, 2010

Aftermath of the show ... musing on Heartwork...

    I remember telling my therapist the Monday before the valentine's show that I was extremely anxious about it (it was to be the first real show I have done since my head injury more than 2 years ago).  There was a hint, even on that Monday, that one of my pieces MIGHT be on the cover of our local alternative newspaper.  Still, I was suddenly frightened I would not have enough hearts to go around and because I had been working non-stop for two months I was too tired to make anymore.
    My therapist in her ever so wise way mentioned I was adding to my own torment with this useless anxiety.  Being my own worst enemy, AGAIN.  (Turns out I had one heart left... perfect!  one for me!)
    I have had a week to calm down now and get back to more of a normal routine.  Back to my volunteer gig 3 days a week and back in the saddle of my bicycle as often as possible.
     Of course I am thinking of ways I can do it better next year.  Often while I am out riding with the music singing in my ears I can see in my imagination 'heartwork' I want to attempt.  The winged heart did not have a lot of fans this year so maybe next year I can come up with a better design.

      3 dimensional hearts have been re-occurring often ...especially a tortured heart splitting open or with a crack in the center.....

 The more anatomically correct Mexican heart with fire has been 'swimming about in the back of my 
psyche' too.

     So we will see what comes next....   
      On a final note I want to thank everyone who either bought a heart from me or supported me in my first (post traumatic brain injury) show.  I feel very blessed that the Eugene Weekly used one of my pieces for their cover and I even wrote in to say "hey, that would be one way to make Eugene more artzy every week.. put a local person's art on the cover".  
It is sure to be a more heart-centered year....even if those hearts are primarily in my sketch book or the heart table.


  1. your comments are always welcome...

  2. Sounds like it all worked out supremely well, all that worrying for naught!

  3. that's so cool that you were on the cover. Which piece was it? The Boise Weekly puts local art on their cover every issue, mine has yet to be accepted but I am not giving up. I am a worrier also so I can relate to your angst. Glad it all went well.

  4. Well done! The show was wonderful. Your work is beautiful & nicely presented. Take heart in your job & those that supprt you.

  5. Yona, I'd like to see the magazine cover- do you have a link? Also, in San Diego, my favorite weekly, City Beat, puts original local artists work on the cover each week, with a blurb about what each person's up to.

  6. I am so glad the show went well. The hearts were inspiring and diverse. I look at mine every morning and at night. It always delights me. Thanks Yona!


  7. wow you guys are great... the photo of the newspaper is on my last blog entry.. i have to go get the link for the story... i had no idea how many local papers put local peeps art on the covers!!! i must have been channeling one of u guys when i said it...

  8. for those of you who are wondering about the article go to

    and if you double click on the heart/ feb 11th edition u can probably get to the article...which is empowering girls and women, artfully...