The title of this post is purposefully ambiguous. Are WE the Beautiful Souls Healing With Art, on the receiving end of healing from another’s art? Is the ARTIST the beautiful soul, healing others with her art? Yes and Yes. Herein lies the beauty of fine art: unity of creator and beholder, both caught in a lavishly mysterious web of healing. Amen?
By healing I mean divine processes at work at a subtle energy level moving us closer to wholeness. Our masterfully created human bodies naturally want to heal themselves and return to health, and surely our souls long for it too.
In fact, the work of the soul seems to most often carry on quietly beneath awareness. Lovely soul anesthesia, I suppose. Who has yet to experience the dark night of the soul? The trauma of being locked out of paradise? Who can say when and how art heals? Maybe it’s like a garden.
A supernatural seed is planted in the ground of the soul of an artist. When she aligns her heart with purity, with a higher call, the seed flourishes. She opens hands and heart to receive. Blessing rains down. And as she brings full expression to beauty swelling like sunlight within her, beauty grows. The beholder’s soul finds rest and nourishment within the artist’s garden, feasting on its fruits. Fruits?
Unity. Enlightenment. Harmony. Sweetness. Understanding. Intimacy. Compassion. Tenderness. Redemption. Restoration. Hearfulness. Healing.
The harvest is healing, friends. What Eden we enjoy thanks to the artists tending our spirits. Thanks to radiant lights in our midst such as Holly Irwin, a Georgia-based painter of figures, fashion, and flora…a beautiful soul with uncommon healing in her hands.
Beautiful Souls Healing With Art: Holly Irwin
Let’s taste the fruits of her glorious paintings in today’s delight of an art tour, but not before we meet this beautiful soul, up close and personal. Holly Irwin inspires me as an embodiment of who I long to be.
Irwin’s paintings are heartful creations, honored by collectors, galleries, and design publications.
(all images – Holly Irwin)
A Few Favorite Paintings
Her work “Trusting” (above) conveys for me a deep
sense of life’s fragility, nature’s gentle acceptance
of change, and the soul’s vast capacity for beauty.
Like the French Impressionist Renoir and both of my
younger sisters, Irwin has rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
and brilliantly eclipses what others might
regard as limiting circumstances.
The auto-immune disease,
debilitating pain, and a dozen surgeries
on hands and feet came not to curse,
but to BLESS…
to usher in the flow of beauty emerging from her soul and overflowing on canvas.
Perseverance of an Artist
Holly Irwin is also a serial covergirl.
Beautiful Souls Healing With Art: Holly Irwin
My own painting on paper by Holly Irwin…a treasure indeed.
Beautiful Rooms Graced With Her Art
The work for me is a poetical blend of childhood wonder and spiritual wisdom. A graceful, fashion-informed collection of brushstrokes birthing a decidedly gossamer-like tranquil mood.
Interview with Holly Irwin
What a privilege to interview the artist (and loyal friend to Hello Lovely!) whose courage and outlook bids us all to embrace gratitude, to aim higher.
H.I.: “It’s therapy and joy and wholeness and healing
all wrapped up into one big bundle.”
“Anyone who has been really ill or close to death looks at the everyday with a renewed sense of wonder when they have a second chance at life.
There was a time when just walking from
one room to the next was so excruciatingly painful
and draining for me that I surely missed
all the beauty around me.
The pain of rheumatoid arthritis robbed me
of my joy for living. Now that it is pretty much
under control, I am so thankful I can walk
and get exercise..the experience has given me
a whole new perspective of how lucky I am.”
Thoughts About Perfection
Inspiring the Artist
“Nature and the lush colors of springtime and summer;
I can sometimes imagine a whole painting based solely
on seeing a color that strikes me in a certain way.”
“Femininity, like the way a woman feels in a beautiful dress. When I was a child, my mother (whom I adored!) was a fashion illustrator; she had a great love of fabric
and sewing and made all of our clothes.
This has influenced my paintings a great deal
over the years and continues to do so.”
“Patterns…like the formation of leaves on trees,
the repeating patterns in flowers and plants.”
Art and Healing
Holly’s story reminds me
t r a n s f o r m i n g
I can avoid
t r a n s m i t t i n g
and by embracing divine creativity,
I may even
t r a n s c e n d
To view Holly Irwin’s available work, visit here. Live near Marietta, Georgia? Lucky!
July 6th is opening night of MASK at dk Gallery, 5-9pm, and you are invited!
Your heart and hands are surely in the healing business, and we are grateful. Thank you for bravely answering the call, for welcoming the rich flow of living water and allowing a baptism of sorts to transform you into light. So many days it is easy to look around and grow cynical, to become hardened by disappointments in the culture. Yet your art points us to the eternal, to hope everlasting, to the fruits of the spirit. Your light makes all the difference.
Oh, may healing wash over our dry land, and may our hearts grow as tender as your lovely palette.
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Oh Michele! Thank you for the honor of being featured in your blog post today! You have been a blessing to me as I have found comfort and peace in your written words time and time again. I know that as an artist, you must also find healing and wholeness by sharing your beautiful writing as well as your paintings with all of us. Art is meant to be shared. It completes the creative process by going out into the universe and touching others. Thank you for graciously sharing!
I bow to you, beautiful soul. Thank you for being a healer. xox
No other words I have read are more thought provoking than how you channel art and the soul. Such feeling, such awe and beauty in Holly’s brush strokes combined with the deep gentleness of your words. Incredibly beautiful Michele and Holly….incredibly uplifting.
You’re a light, Joan. Keep it glowing. xox
Thank you Joan! I’m honored to have my work paired with Michele’s exquisite words!
God has blessed Holly with Joy and Peace which only comes through a relationship with Him, “a peace which surpasses understanding”.
I am in awe of her acceptance of a situation which would make another person bitter. But she has persevered and bloomed with her faith and her love of God.
May we all lift up our hearts and bloom through adversity and trust in The Lord.
Thank you, beautiful soul for adding blessing and beauty here. 🙂
Thanks for your beautiful words Patricia!
I consider it a blessing to have wandered onto this page this evening and learn about Holly’s story. I have been struggling to find my way back to my creativity that fell by the wayside when I became caregiver to my mother in 2006. I didn’t even realize it had happened until after she passed away five years ago. Last week I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hip and all sorts of thoughts have streamed thru my mind since. Although I’ve saved a number of Holly’s paintings, it was her story that really drew me in. I feel inspired and encouraged that my goal is indeed possible. If I don’t make it back to where I was it’s because I’m meant for more. Thank you so much. I mean this from my heart. Thank you!
What a blessing that you found your way to this post at a most sacred time, Carol. Isn’t this just how love works? Wishing you healing light and comfort on your journey. Sending positive energy as you discover the deeper meaning and purpose in all you do. And offering thanks to you for adding beauty right here. xox