For as long as I can remember, I've felt that as long as I can see the sky, everything will be alright. I also feel the same way when I'm in the ocean. They both produce a weird combination of feelings; excitement mixed with the awesome and scary notion that I'm not in complete control. Being surrounded by such mysterious beauty takes me out of my claustrophobic & constantly-overanalyzing brain and just helps me breathe more freely.
So this painting you're about to see is different from my others. All of my paintings mean something to me, but I think this one may mean more than any of them.
What is truly a story too long & too personal to blog about, can be summarized by the fact that a few months ago, I was aggressively threatened by a man who made me feel weak. I started this painting in anger. Serious anger, that anyone could make me feel so small, afraid to leave my home, and frustrated that police could do nothing unless he acted on his disgusting words.
But then my attitude and my painting took a turn. I made the conscious decision to not be so angry, to not let this terrible person affect my life anymore than he already had. And I got to thinking about those things I mentioned above, the beautiful things in life that are bandaids for the pain we humans go through. The sky. The ocean. The forest.
So my fear and anger literally became the background of this painting. I took a new girl and I covered her with nature. She's safe there, looking towards the sky.
While this experience is one that I could have lived without, it has taught me not to be so innocent about my surroundings. No matter where you are, you are never truly safe unless you know how to defend yourself. I've signed up for a self defense class and I highly recommend you all do the same! What happened to me is not uncommon, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't matter. There is no excuse for someone to treat you like garbage, no matter what time you were out walking, what you were wearing, or if you were alone. No. Excuses.
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