February has been a rather difficult month for me, with 2 friends passing away before their time and news of another with cancer. I have found that doing the 29 faces challenge a great help in coming to terms with the loss. When I came across the quote in the journal page below by Kahlil Gibran, it was like a light going on.
Happiness and sadness are mirror images of each other. You cannot be happy all the time and you cannot be sad all the time. Loving and having delight lays you open to sadness or hurt. We should embrace it as it proves we are really living life fully. Being sad is honouring what we love because it shows we have loved. Wallowing in sadness is not good, but if we think of it as an necessary process we can get joy back. I hope this makes sense, I am simply saying that you can’t have grief without joy.
One thing I do know I have produced some of my best art when I am hurting, for that alone I embrace my grief with joy.
I used watercolour, acrylics and Inktense pencils for these two lovelies.