Optimist Herb - 25cm - White/Black Framed or Unframed
Limited Edition Giclee Print Framed or Unframed
'Optimist Herb' has been released as a limited edition print. This print is an edition of 35. It is a reproduction of my original mixed media painting, which is part of a trio, as you can see in the situation photo. It teams well with 'Optimist Ginger' and 'Optimist Teal' to cover a small size wall, ideal for home or the office to create some optimism. This exclusive print is signed and numbered by the artist. Please read my Optimist story at the end of this description.
Available in 3 options:
White box frame with perspex - 27cm x 27cm x 6cm profile
Black box frame with perspex - 27cm x 27cm x 6cm profile
Unframed Giclee print - 25cm x 25cm
1 week required for printing/framing.
Framed art prints with perspex are heavily protected in double bubble wrap and double cardboard supports.
At the beginning of 2019 my best friend and soul mate died very suddenly and I was incredibly upset and angry.
My friend was a very religious person, a catholic in fact, he had also been a gay activist at the time of the AIDS crisis of the 80s and 90s. He had done a lot of incredible good in the world, he was an incredible Optimist for other people and had the ability to encourage people to be there best self, I was lucky to be on receiving end of this.
I struggled with the doctrines of religion and the use of the word God. But I so believe in the power of good and love in the world. So to cut a long story short. I replaced the word ‘God’ for the word ‘Love’ where ever it was used. Where it made sense and it does a lot, I could see the same wisdom. So he and I agreed on most things even though he was religious and I was not.
So when he died, I asked myself what would Love do? And the symbol of the Cross I replaced with the symbol of the Heart. The Heart being the action of love, not just the speaking of the word which requires no action.
I created the background newspaper with all positive words ie. honesty, courage, love, generosity, I added to it most nights. And I just started drawing hearts. I keep painting and drawing them, each one is different from the next. I stopped feeling sad and angry about his death and began to feel grateful for the time we had had and that we agreed on most things he saw as God and I could see as Love. I will properly keep doing them for a very long time, because they just fill me with great pleasure and optimism.
I could go on and on about this.
Hope this was helpful to understand my insight into this.
I have done a few personalised commissions where I have included saying and quotes that people love into the background.