Counting the Days
64 x 64 x 5.5 cm
Framed in Oak
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Do you find yourself counting the days? I do. It's not always counting the days to a coastal holiday though, like this coastal landscape suggests - although I wish it was. Over the past little while as I've faced darker days at the loss of a loved one, significant health issues and trauma, I had found myself counting the days "until it's over". The hard thing is, and what I've learnt sadly, is that you don't get over grief. You don't 'get over' the impact of health issues and trauma. Instead, you have to learn to live with it. You learn how to live all over again - in a different way than it was before. I'm slowly learning to live differently. Each day is a new day in which to heal. Healing through the little things I manage to achieve without tears, face without fear, and approach with a new positivity and outlook of hope.
Painting is one form of therapy for me, and here in this new artwork I found comfort and calm and contentment in the moments it came to life. As it turns out, I do have a coastal holiday coming up soon, and I am counting the days to that...but this painting is so much more than just that. It's a painting of acceptance of where you're at in your journey, the strength within you to keep going...and the hope and light that can always be found in each new day, whether you count them - or not.
NB: While every effort is made to capture the true colours and details of my artwork, every screen is different and art viewed online does not do my work justice. Slight differences may be evident between a screen image and the true tone of my work which is more vivid and beautiful in reality. Scale may also be slightly off due to the insitu art app used, so please ensure you measure your space. Thank you!