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

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