15x22 mixed media on panel, framed: $400.00
Chesed is the Hebrew word for loving-kindness or, even stronger, grace. It's more than sentimental love, but one that stems from covenant. This piece sprung from frustration after several failed efforts on a completely different subject. The whole process felt like wasted time, even though I know every one of those layers, especially the ones unseen, are necessary for the final showing. The idea of a handful of freshly picked flowers came to mind and I laughed at how gracious it would be if those blooms covered over all the mess. Personally, I never want cut flowers because, just like the creative process, it feels wasted. I'm too practical. But flowers are just bundles of grace that have to be enjoyed in the moment. Not all gifts are for saving. Some are just "chesed," a gift to hold and enjoy that covers the shame in that moment. So this practical girl covered it all with a handful of fresh-cut grace in full bloom.