Precious Mosaic

‘Precious Mosaic’
“You are not broken.
You are a Precious Mosaic of experiences.
You are beautiful.”
Words: © Sept 15 2015 By Shiloh Moore
Artwork © Jan 2016 By Shiloh Moore
Watercolour and Pitt Pen on A4 Paper
The words to this piece came to me after reading a beautiful meme on facebook by Rebel Thriver, quoting Matt Baker’s words:  “She never seemed shattered; to me, she was a breathtaking mosaic of the battles she’s won.” (meme seen below with link to Rebel Thriver’s post on Facebook.)
I don’t resonate with the image of being in a battle, but I certainly go through a lot, as do so many people, so I adapted the words to something I could say to myself or to someone who is struggling:
“You are not broken.
You are a Precious Mosaic of experiences.
You are beautiful.”
 

© by Rebel Thriver (Facebook Link)
www.rebelthriver.org
Used with permission

I didn’t know how to approach bringing my words to life visually.  I don’t have the energy to make a real mosaic.  And I couldn’t find an app or program to make a mosaic from an image I’ve already made.  And then I came across this image on Facebook by Leonie Dawson:
Used with permission

The image struck me as something I could do, a creative way to make an image like a mosaic.
Here my version is before colour:

This is the first image I’ve been able to sit up and paint in many months, and I’m still recovering from the effort, but I got lost in it and it was so fulfilling to do.  Hopefully soon I will be able to do more.

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