You might notice on my post with the zentangles, that most of my zentangles have a theme, which is not the "zen" way...but it is the Gwenny way...my personal twist.
Allt of my work has a theme, some component of my personal experiences built in...I don't know how to do it any other way. I use art as my therapy.
Sometimes, the theme is a bit dark or sad...but truly it's about to the incredible capacity we humans have to learn to love and dream again after our hearts have been utterly broken...either from a estranged child, divorce, illness that makes us unable to do the things we want to do, or other heart rending event.
In short, I'm the one who had a broken heart...many times over...many different causes...yet I still dreamed. I dreamed of finding love again after a uber nasty divorce...and I did...I found my one true love, who makes me happier than I've ever been in my life...we are truly peas and carrots...lol. I dreamed of reestablishing my relationship with my oldest son after he alienated himself from all of his family...and it happened. I dreamed of finding another way to express my creativity after suffering nerve damage in my arms and hands due to long term degenerative disc problems in my neck, surgery for it...and rehab...and I found another way...papercrafts, pen/ink drawing, collage, etc. I learned that no matter what happens, no matter how many times I'm knocked down or had my heart shredded, I WILL still dream, I WILL carry on, I WILL find what I seek.
And I WILL create.