What the World Needs Now
"Living the Dream Series" By Debbie Arambula
Right after 9/11, I started working on a massive 8 foot by 4 foot piece, and every day I would draw out different heart paintings to help me express the pain, the sorrow and the inspiration of the capacity that each of us has to love and give compassion to the world, our country & people of the world.
Most of my Patriotic Heart Art is dedicated to 9/11, Police, firefighters, veterans and people who live and die to protect our dreams. In each Flag painting like this one you see here, I incorporate a 9 or 11 to honor 9/11 and New York. This piece has both, 11 red stripes and 11 stars, and in the 11 stars there are 9 Swarovski crystals, thus the 9 and 11. To remember and honor the lives of individuals and families in New York brings my flag heart art full circle.
This participatory piece has traveled with me from city to city since Memorial Day 2016. I invite people to select one of my handmade hearts that I have created and collected for over 20 years, and with each heart selected, I ask them to do three things while gluing it on to my canvas: #1 Acknowledge something they are grateful for or a dream that they are living. #2 Re-dedicate their self to a dream they want to create in the future and
#3 Think of one thing they can do to create a better World.
Many of the hearts touch as though arm and arm. This is my way of 'Spreading the Love' and inspiring the concept of dreams, gratefulness and to never give in Together we can make the difference. This is one of many pieces that are part of my "Living the Dream Series"- Patriotic Heart Art that honors 911, Firefighters, Police & Veterans- people who live and die to protect our dreams.
Full story behind my "Spread the Love Campaign" movement is uncovered in a video at www.spreadthelovecampaign.com