Well it got me to thinking….what symbols do I include in my art? At first I thought, I don't think I use symbols, but then after scanning just a few of my pieces, I realized I do use a few symbols fairly consistently - circles, words, hearts and ladybugs.
Circles (and swirly marks) ~ just because I love a circle. Circles represent understanding (as in coming full circle) and wholeness, perfection, nurturing, infinity and completion.
Words ~ because my background is writing and I love the power of a good word. I especially love affirming words like "dream" and "joy"and "believe". I often write on my art and it ends up covered up with paint.
Hearts ~ They symbolize love, compassion, our true spirit and the intellectual core of the human spirit.
Ladybugs ~ these are special to me for a very personal reason. My daughter Haleigh had the nickname of Haleighbug when she was alive. Since she passed away I have ladybugs visit me quite often and I think of her bringing me little bits of encouragement. Ladybugs are considered a symbol of good luck in many cultures.
Here are a few more photos of some symbols.
butterflies - symbols of expansion, grace, lightness, transition and surrender.
hearts and birds…. birds have lots of symbolic meaning depending on color, type and size. I think to me they symbolize new opportunities and freedom.
music notes…I use this quite often! The notes represent music of course! :)
Moon… I have always, always, always been enamored with the moon. The moon symbolizes femininity, mystery, unknown, and serenity to me.
Look at your art ~ do you use symbols? Are there symbols you would like to start using that are meaningful to you?
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