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Baby of Mine Hand-Embellished Giclee on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas - CEBABMINE
Hand-Embellished Giclee on Canvas
NOTES: Dumbo, for me, is a very personal film. It's not just about an adorable baby elephant with a tough story. Instead, it embodies a vast body of emotions and experiences--from excited anticipation to fear, absolute joy to deepest sorrow, bullying and misinterpretation to faith in one's self, and separation to coming home again, among many. "Baby of Mine" is a painting that strives to capture a slice of the emotions approached by Disney's emotive masterpiece.
As a mother myself, the scene upon the grassy hilltop under the light of the stars in which Dumbo is brought to his imprisoned mother is one of the most powerful, if not endearing moments in the film. Yes, it breaks your heart to watch. They both have lost everything they love most--each other. And yet, one cannot come away from that scene having not been lifted. Dumbo's arrival gives his mother hope . It is a mother's unconditional love that allows Dumbo a smile as he departs. In "Baby of Mine", Dumbo and his mother are at that moment of coming and going, as we all are in our own lives to some degree or another. And as we realize that there are no absolutes in that transition, the transition becomes something of a growing point rather than stumbling block, if we let it. Although Dumbo, from this moment forward, will traverse many difficult and discouraging experiences, he has the knowledge of his mother's love to carry him through and to give him courage.
Looking past the surface of the imagery, I also got the feeling there was more to this scene that what initially meets the eye. In truth, the wagon in which Mrs. Jumbo is kept was not originally intended for "mad" elephants. It was meant to bring into town the amazing pachyderms announced energetically by the ringmaster in the beginning. Yet after an unfortunate turn of events, it becomes instead a prison. This is evident in "Baby of Mine". An illustrative circus poster dons the side of the wagon describing these amazing animals. When Mrs. Jumbo is incarcerated, a roughly written wooden placard is nailed over the top of it. When I watch this scene, I'm not only reminded of the unequivocal love that she has for her baby, but how, even in the midst of doing everything she believes to be right and true in defense of her child, she is labeled "mad"--in essence, a failure, a danger and stripped of any grandeur previously ascribed to her prior to the incident. Too often around us, misconceptions are accepted, fingers are pointed and labels are applied where once something was considered a wonder, something beautiful and to be cherished . Ideals are trampled, kindness and forgiveness are squashed and fear reigns in an appeal to the demands of the masses. The inherent nature and beauty in those ideals, in their purest, liberated forms never change. Indeed, they cannot change. They live on forever, in spite of being chained and caged by those who do not understand them. In fact, sometimes we even subvert the good in ourselves by accepting labels that others have solicited upon us. We need reminding on occasion, then, to peer beneath the labels, the false fronts and vindictive derogating to rediscover what is most valuable--the power and potential of what lies beneath. And this, here in "Baby of Mine", is what speaks loudest in the tender embrace between mother and child.
Baby of Mine
Hand-Embellished Giclee on Canvas by Heather Edwards
is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Heather Edwards bio
"I don't necessarily want the viewer to have the same response to my painting as I have. Instead, my hope is that the expression I paint on the board through hours of observation and execution of detail will speak to them in a way that ignites thoughts and feelings unique to them..." ~ Heather Theurer. Some stories begin on well-defined roads or with billboard accomplishments. But the story of an artist usually begins somewhere less noticeable, perhaps even unrecognizable to most.
It is just such a beginning that gave life to the art of creator, Heather Theurer. Paintings were born from 5:45 a.m. mornings during summer breaks from school in Paradise, Utah, waking up to breathe in the crisp air and watch the sun rise and glow through the blades of grass in the lawn. Ideas sprung from thunderstorms, the struggles of working on a small farm and from the loyal companionship of pets. Personal experiences combined to shape the narrative behind each forthcoming creation.
From that vantage point, life itself became the paint on the brush and the guiding force behind everything Heather made and from as early as her pre school years she knew that making art was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. However, receiving extra training or attending an acknowledged art school were not to be part of her story. Yet, it was from her own father that she learned one of her most valuable lessons: observe. It was a simple enough concept, but it stuck.
Heather's paintings are the product of decades of observation of people, of environments, of animals and of textiles, as well as the convergence of every scrap of knowledge that came attached to them. The wonder and magic of Disney movies, both the imagery and the music, also helped cultivate the ideas that began to take form in painting, and now, boldly recreating Disney characters in a way that brings them into the realism of our world has become an exciting new passion.
Shared and collected around the world, Heather Theurer's paintings are constructed in the midst of a bustling family with five children in Las Vegas, Nevada. And although that poses a multitude of challenges of its own, her art has gone on to get the attention of USA Today, the LA Times and received recognition and awards from respected organizations such as Art Renewal Center, Artist's Magazine and Spectrum, among others.
To Heather, every painting is personal, but not necessarily in the way most might think. "I don't necessarily want the viewer to have the same response to my painting as I have. Instead, my hope is that the expression I paint on the board through hours of observation and execution of detail will speak to them in a way that ignites thoughts and feelings unique to them."