Design Spotlight: Sri Devi
Our Design Spotlight falls on Sri Devi of Heart to Art – thanks, Sri!
My November horoscope highlighted the 3rd as a day when a nice surprise out of the blue would happen, so to receive Corrie’s e-mail asking if I’d like to do a Design Spotlight is an honor befitting such a pleasant surprise. Thank you Corrie!
The card I’ve chosen, for many different reasons, also happens to be my most recent sale and the last two sales have been from this collection giving thanks to teachers.
In addition to being a French and Phys. Ed Teacher at Waldorf Academy in Toronto, Canada another area of my responsibility is being the Substitution Co-ordinator. Last minute (and sometimes in advance!) I get phonecalls from teachers needing a substitute teacher. So grateful am I for the wonderful roster of teachers, parents and returning students who fill our substitution needs with their loving care and expertise. It seems every year we are blessed with a new super hero that has extra time to devote to supply teaching.
As a member of our Care Committee at school I get to combine my passion for creating greeting cards with a love of honoring people through thanks or support during life’s events, joyous and sad. I wanted to create a card to thank our Substitute Teachers for their wonderful contribution and chose an artwork piece from my Astrological Collection entitled Virgo Harvest.
For this collection, I chose a portion of the Virgo piece showing a path winding through apple trees as this is the time of year we return to school, apples for a teacher and Virgo being the zodiac sign of service guiding the way.
The quote I had originally wanted to use for this series was from Kahlil Gibran “Your work is placed in your heart.” Here GCU introduced me to the world of copyright issues, and how I needed to get permission to use the quote. There is a thread about this topic here.
From my experience I didn’t get very far at figuring out how to obtain permission to use the quote so the opportunity was there to create my own and that’s what I did. To highlight the gratitude I feel for our teachers it came as “Your heart shows in your work. Your work shines in our hearts.” It was a rewarding result and the reviewer’s praise kept me beaming for a long while!
Being a part of GCU has been a wonderful experience. There is such diverse talent to inspire, a willingness to help and learn from each other and heartfelt sharing of life’s events, joyous and sad. It nudges you to be a better artist in your chosen area and urges you to branch out too when you see what others have also accomplished
Thank you to all. May y(our) sales be swift and often. Best wishes always, Sri.