Please, please take the time to click here to visit Rebecca's Cigarbox Shrine Auction for the Streetchildren of Oaxaca at Recuerda Mi Corazon
"Following our hearts, we have arrived, radiant in our dedication to make a difference for children who yearn for an education and a brighter future. We invite you to bid with wild abandon knowing that one hundred percent of your donations will go to support the sincere efforts of Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, a trusted community outreach facility dedicated to providing a multilayered approach to assist children and their families in skills that ensure their own independence and success."
My "Shrine of the Happy Heart" was created with joy because, as you know, my work is meant to evoke the sense of hope, happiness, and play that inspires me. Nnothing fills me with more joy than the experimentation and discovery of creating art. Children everywhere should be able to hope, and Rebecca's auction will allow so many more to do just that. I used a 6" X 7" cigar box painted red on the outside and turquoise on the inside. The happy heart was made of a metal dish, and the yellow accents are of tin that I cut from another ornament, both found at flea markets. I made the skull from clay and handpainted it with acrylics. The following quote is inscribed on the back of the shrine:
"Open your hearts to the love God instills. God loves you tenderly. What he gives you is not to be kept under lock and key, but to be shared." Mother Theresa
I hope you all will visit the auction before it closes on Sunday and share what is in your heart!
(for Theme Thursday and Illustration Friday)