Sep 27, 2010

Update to the second Art Heart

Sisters heart with changes

While I am finishing up another Art Heart, I had this little change waiting on the back burner. I just had a moment to slip this into the schedule.

One of the previous Hearts was for sisters who both were born with truncus arteriosus. At the time I created their heart, I was torn on whether to include some symbolism for a third child who was not afflicted with CHD. As the painting was detailed already, I opted to focus on the CHD sisters. But after some thought, I decided to incorporate symbolism for the third sibling.

I thought perhaps she should be there, looking over them from the background. I envisioned her as a brilliant bird nested in the tree, watching over the girls. 

detail of the nesting bird

Luckily I was able to add this symbolism as another layer over the branches using pastel pencils. The paper still had enough tooth to accept more detail, and I think the bird is just conspicuous enough without overpowering the design. I will be updating my original post to show the changes as well, if you'd like to see the entire process. 

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