Remember the canvas I showed you a few days ago? My work in progress?
Well, above, at long last is the final result. Anyone get it right?
I had a great time with this piece and it's very special to me because it expresses how I'm feeling.
The past few months have been difficult. More than that, the past 3 years have been difficult. I was living in a city I didn't like, surrounded by despair , hopelessness and crime. The few bright spots, a couple good friends and a great dog, didn't quite fill my soul enough.
A move had to be made, as tough as it was. And in moving, I found my home. I'm surrounded by nature, fresh air, kindness and a can-do spirit. My soul is full.
That's what this painting is about, coming out of the darkness - taking those first few steps when all hope is lost and you don't have the energy to do anything different. You're defeated, deflated and doomed to languish in the same horror day after day, yet, somehow, someway, you get the strength to take one tiny step. Maybe it's something deep inside yourself. Maybe it's more of a push from something outside yourself. It doesn't matter.
What matters is you took the step toward something different, something positive. The world begins to open up, to look less bleak. Your faith in humanity and more importantly, yourself, is restored. Strength and purpose return.
All that's depicted by the figure, entering the building. She's taken the step, small in size maybe, but huge in impact. See how vibrant the colours surrounding her are? That's life. That's possibilities and hope. That's spirit renewed.
Whether it's a new home, a new hobby or actually physically walking into a church, temple or holy place for the first time or first time in a long time, filling and fueling the spirit is essential to finding your way back from the darkness.
I've come out the other side and am so happy!