Wednesday, August 15, 2007

IF Missing


I may get bored with the EDM weekly challenges, but the Illustration Friday projects really challenge me, because coming up with an idea from one word is, simply put, challenging. As soon as I saw the theme for the week I immediately knew what I was going to do. This drawing could be interpreted in many ways, but I'd love to hear what you all see when you look at it. A big interest of mine is child abuse and stopping it. I was abused as a child, and I took some very drastic measures to insure that it would never happen to my kids. When I lived in PA, the one way I found I could help was to support a Crisis Nursery for children who were at risk of being abused or neglected. If a parent was so stressed out and they needed a break, they could drop their child off, no questions asked, and pick them up later after they had calmed down. I don't know how many lives the Lehman Center saved, but I do know the people working there were caring and supportive people, not only to the children, but to the parents as well. Intervention and anonymous support for stressed out parents and art therapy for the children. Every year they hold an art auction to raise money for the shelter and I would donate a piece of my art. When I drew this picture, I was thinking how a child would feel if they were missing love. Or encouragement. Or the simple things that each one of us needs to survive; food, shelter and clothing. Maybe something as simple as someone looking at them when they are talking so that they know they are being heard. IF you have kids, give them a hug and tell them you love them, every day, no matter what, no matter how old they are. My kids are teenagers and I make sure they hear it every day.

21 comments:

Joan Y said...

Sherie, you are a gift to the world! Not only are you a fantastic artist, but you make this place a better place. The Crisis Nursery is a wonderful thing and on behalf of all the people you've touched, with both your art and your giving self, thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

jill said...

beautiful pictures. it looks lonely, unloved, relieved, removed -- so many things. great job!

Anita said...

Fantastic sketch, for me, it holds the expressive power you were aiming to capture.

laserone said...

When I saw this, my first impression was that it was a drawing of a runaway teen and that somewhere the parents were looking for their "missing" child. Beautiful drawing. That shelter you talked about sounds wonderful.

bec said...

Powerful drawing! beautifully done too. My first impression was the grief of missing a loved one.

Africantapestry said...

This drawing evokes a feeling of loneliness in me...
Great work you're doing!
Ronell

Teri C said...

My first thought was that this person was so troubled. Just so beautifully done!

Mim said...

this is a really wonderful drawing. The despair and sadness comes thru, but somehow - I feel that this person will rise up and do something right, or good.

mrana said...

Sherie, this is a beautiful piece, both the painting and the sentiment behind it. Very moving.

biteyourowntail said...

I also made something for this topic but sadly missed your contribution at the time (so many people enter now, which is great but...) still I'm glad I found it now, it's a beautiful drawing, very well done and expressive.

shirley said...

Beautiful drawing - very poignant moment captured. so glad to be able to visit your blog! please keep sharing.

Susan Hosken said...

Wonderful sketch on a difficult subject. i am so sorry you were abused. One of my girlfriends was too and who knows about others who say nothing. Congratulations on all you do to prevent it happening to others.
Lots of love from Susan in Australia
srhosken.blogspot.com
susanhosken.blogspot.com

Serena said...

What a great service the Lehman Center provides....and sadly, very needed.

A powerful drawing indeed....I felt despair and sadness.

caseytoussaint said...

This post made my eyes sting a bit - I'm so sorry that you had to endure abuse as a child.
Your drawings are always incredible, and this one is no exception. It conveys a lot of emotion without becoming maudlin.

suzanne said...

This is so beautiful...and a great interpretation of the project.

It's amazing how the body language alone is so expressive.

MILLY said...

It is a sensitive drawing and to me portrays a sad and unhappy child. I think it captures what you intended it to. You are a gifted artist.

Inside My Shell said...

a very touching portrait! I really love your style - works very well with the subject!

Juliann L said...

(((HUGS)))
The first impression I feel is of grappling with guilt, for being angry and bitter. Unworthy of love. Fantastic drawing ! invokes many strong feelings!
I love you !
jULi

Teri C said...

Somehow I missed this gorgeous gorgeous drawing. It emits so much emotion. Wow.

Thanks for all the visits but my question is....when are you going to show us some more beautiful art??

Angie in AZ said...

This piece is beautiful and powerful. And my kids hear how much I love them every day and I have one who wants to know why I tell them every single day when he knows I love him! I just told him that I needed to make sure he never forgot! LOL! Keep up the good work!

Jana Bouc said...

This is such a powerful drawing and such a beautifully written post! Your work is stunning!