'Courage'- Big Autumn Meadow Painting
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Size: 120x150cm (47"x59")
Medium: Acrylic & Oils on deep profile canvas
Also available as a short run limited edition print 100cm square (edition size 50)
About this painting: 'Courage' is a big statement piece canvas full of warm autumnal tones. The wild flower meadow in the autumn creates mellow tones of golds, amber, ochres & auburns which emanate a relaxing & comforting aura, creating warmth in a room.
The tall fronds of willow herb have gone over, with their seedheads creating curly tufts to rise on the breeze. The grasses & flowers take on golden hues & soft tones against a backdrop of autumn leafed trees.
The canvas is sold unframed & can be hung as is or framed to suits its surroundings.
Taking over 4 weeks to create the meadow started to tell its story as I painted. The word courage kept coming up in many ways in my life at the time & got me pondering on what it really means. Someone actually said to me that I was being brave painting such a huge canvas when everyone else was making smaller & smaller art for the challenging economic times. I was following my instincts & painting what I felt was important to generate a positive energu to counter all that was going on around.
I thought about my life & those whom I respect & came up with the following;
Courage isn’t just about doing daring deeds. Courage is choosing to follow your dreams when others think it’s impossible.
Courage is sticking to your values rather than compromising them to fit in.
Courage is living day to day with the things which try to bring you down & keeping going, despite the odds.
Courage is choosing to do what is right rather than what is easy.
Courage is facing pain without letting it take over your life.
Courage is doing what you need to for your well-being, not just what is expected of you.
Courage is taking the knocks & using them to move forward stronger & wiser.
For some courage is doing big bold things but for others courage is getting through day by day & not complaining.
Courage is what fuels us to do the best we can, great or small.
Courage is helping another when you need help yourself.
Courage is allowing yourself to show your vulnerability not just your strength.
Courage is in each of us if we choose to embrace it. Walking the path of courage is what takes us to contentment, achievement, survival. It allows us to flourish or to keep our heads above water.
Embracing courage takes us to places & achievements which lift us up & allow us to live the best life we can. Whether it it is a tiny flame or a raging fire, it is enough.