“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so you must know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy.”
I have been working on this drawing for quite awhile and syncronistically reading The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran… then the anniversary of September 11th came… after having dealt with dear people (to me) recently losing loved ones and worrying about the state of my own family, I was thinking about all of this pain and worry that one goes through when dealing with tragedy. These are twin roses which represent a lot of things in my mind, but I’m going to let you think on that one and hopefully, if I have done my job well, you will see what I am saying without me directly telling you… although the above is littered with hints.
This was a challenging drawing. It was intricate and time-consuming. The shading of the roses is, for the most part, dots that I made with my pigment liner because I love the effect it creates. I even made note of KG’s poem on the back (see below).
Top Image: Heart-of-Wonder: 2 Roses by Rachel Heu, partially inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s thoughts on Pain in his book, The Prophet, 5″x7″ drawing on illustration board using india ink brush pens and pigment liners. 2nd Image: Heart-of-Wonder: 2 Roses, back of drawing by Rachel Heu, quoting Kahlil Gibran in his book “The Prophet”