Where do I begin to share the emotions and heart behind this piece? Right here I guess. Here with the beautiful heart that inspired it and so bravely and willingly shared her story with me.
This painting, Juli's Tree (pronounced Hoo' lee) has so many layers of emotion, feeling, and hopes that it would be impossible to lay them all out here in a single blog post adequately. It would fall short of the beauty, bravery, splendor, courage, vivaciousness, and positivity that Juliana Alonso carries in her heart every day.
Juli is a fellow artist and as you will see in her own work it is full of deep sentiment, love, and a boldness for life, a courage to rise above the fears and the life roads that would try to take us and ruin us. She is a brilliant artist and this stems from her inner beauty, her beautiful nature. Her talents her creations are a product of a river of love, kindness, hope, and boldness that runs deep in her veins.
Her roots run deep and the blood of the Andes Mountains runs through her. They are always with her. No matter where Juli travels she has her roots and is able to take in the beauty of life, revel in it, and celebrate life; despite the challenges that have been upon her shoulders.
I want to share why I chose to represent Juli this way with some beautiful sentiments and thoughts she shared with me. When I read her words I felt a deep connection and I won't lie, what she said gave me goosebumps and tears.
"I also love trees, I find them mysterious and solid, they mean strength and also the whole idea of being in the present no matter what. They don't care if the environment is gloomy, they keep growing and turning to adapt to whatever comes; shortage of water or light, rain or sun, it does not matter, they adapt, they spin, they do what they need to do to survive.
When I go out for walks, I am drawn to admiring the trees around me, I notice when they have had a limb chopped off and how you can see that they grew a different way, they healed, they got a new scar and kept on going. It makes me think of the hard times of my life, and it inspired me to try to do the same. No matter what, to continue spinning around and to perhaps provide shade and inspiration to other seedlings around.
Even when a tree dies in the forest, it becomes food for new trees, shelter to life. Even when a tree is planted in an urban jungle and surrounded by trash bags, it grows and provides shade, I wish I could be like that for me and for others around me."
What I want Juliana and the world to know...
Juliana you are that way!
Through your work and who you are you are that resilient beautiful tree that grows, spins, and inspires. I celebrate this woman and the beauty that I see within her.
I hope this piece can serve as a small reminder that when we take the time to listen to one another we see a whole new world of colors and ideas that we would have missed if we were too busy to stop and listen to the rivers and colors that flow so deeply in each of our hearts.
I encourage you all to go and visit Juliana's work! I love it and am a huge fan!
Also I like to include in these a little bit about the music I listened to while working on the piece. It is music that the person themselves has a connection with. Here are a few of the songs that stand out for me now as a result of working with Juli on this piece!