The Giver, an Acrylic Painting with a Purpose

The Giver is an acrylic portrait that expresses a glorious burden—the challenge of bringing literacy resources to struggling readers.

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As an instructional coach, I have the privilege of working alongside many empathetic, hard-working people who share this mission. People who look into the eyes of students and see the pain that results from not being able to read. And although the task is daunting, roll up their sleeves to do what it takes to get them the resources they need.

Recently, I posted the painting in process on Facebook and asked people to weigh in on what they thought. I had struggled with the painting and wasn’t sure I liked the results

Then the unexpected happened: without knowing the back story, people left comments that captured her essence.

The first comment helped me to explain why I painted The Giver:

“I don’t know why she looks broken. Like she’s been hurt and you can see it in her eyes.” – Amy

 

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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