Journey to love

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.      Charles Dickens (1812-1870

I named this piece “Journey to love”, in reflection of the rather captivating way the Hakea laurina takes to blossom. Bursting from a tight cocoon-like bud to a glorious pink floret. Yes, just like a butterfly emerging from its safe cocoon. Much like love, which goes beyond feelings. It is a journey, more often, of returning to oneself, to feel complete within and to share from a deep space of stillness, without judgement and expectations. It is a journey of discovering and accepting your essence and beauty mirrored in others. It is also a journey of empowerment supported by the vulnerability of the love shared. Vulnerability is often portrayed as a form of weakness but I beg to differ. It is a powerful element that brings us home and love from a space of wholeness. Nothing more and nothing less.

Journey to Love, 570 x 770 mm, pencil of Arches paper. Specimen: Hakea laurina. The original drawing was exhibited at Botanica 2017, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Australia

Published by Sharon Mak

Sharon is a self-taught artist with expansive graphite and mixed-media work focusing on the diverse Australian native flora. Her art work is emotionally rich to bring out the unique and intricate qualities of the native species, drawing parallelism in the abundance of lives around her, and those that continue to inspire her. Her attention to fine details and composition is evident as you delve into Sharon's portfolio of works. Sharon has exhibited in Melbourne and Sydney over the years.

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