Heart-in-Wonder: 2 Roses

“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.”

Kahlil Gibran on Pain in his book, The Prophet

Heart-in-Wonder: 2 Roses

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).

Heart-of-Wonder: 2 Roses, back of drawing

Heart-in-Wonder: 2 Roses, back of drawing

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”

To see another drawing where I use this technique, click here to see my Anemone flowers. To see my new website: RachelHeu.org, please click here. I would love it if you signed the guestbook. Cheers!

About Rachel Heu

"Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom: Why do I have to obey the rules? Why can't I be different? Why can't I do it my way?" --Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life (pg. 133)
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6 Responses to Heart-in-Wonder: 2 Roses

  1. JSD says:

    This is beautiful. I like how varied your work is…such as comparing this to the more recent sketches of the cosmos. I’m glad I found your blog.

  2. debra mckune says:

    Rachel, WOW! beautifully drawn!!

  3. Betty says:

    What I have learned from pain and adversity is that beauty follows. I have a lot of personal growth and also compassion and empathy through facing the hard things in life. And I treasure the things that I have learned that I probably would not have learned in any other way. Your roses represent this to me.

    • Rachel Heu says:

      That is exactly it, something good comes of it somehow, somewhere… Like you say, “Beauty follows”, and that beauty can take a lot of forms. One of my favorites is that people seem to come closer together, which I think is the most powerful effect. There is a feeling of comradery. We also become thankful for what we have…. there are others… (lovely comment, Betty (Mom))

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