Behind the Scenes — Making Hearts
Some of my first designs included small-to-medium size sculpted hearts, so I spent hours in December making fifty of them. The repetition becomes meditative, and the fact that I was creating hearts to spread love had a beautiful meaning for me.
They are not completed — they need to be covered with a special papier-mâché covering that would allow them to be outside, and then they need to be painted and coated with a protective coating.
Later I rethought my designs. Originally, these were intended to be part of my installations in downtown Calistoga, but now I’m rethinking them. Maybe they should be part of a larger sculpture? Or maybe for indoors? I’m not sure now, but I know something interesting will come of them.
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Karen Lynn Ingalls is an artist and art teacher in Napa Valley, California. She wants to spread love, in the form of art installations of hearts, as far and wide as possible, beginning in Napa Valley. The art she does apart from this project can be seen locally at Jessel Gallery in Napa, and online at www.KarenLynnIngalls.com.
Hearts Across the Valley began in 2017 as a community-based public art project in Napa Valley, California, created by artist and art teacher Karen Lynn Ingalls. It is intended to spread love across the valley, and beyond, using the power of Art. Ultimately, hundreds of people will be involved in its creations, and the installations and other artwork created will be seen by valley residents, visitors, and recipients.