A Soul Awakened

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10″ x 11″
Soft pastels on Uart 600 sanded paper
$240

Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

~Anatole France

This quote neatly sums up what this piece is all about; that awakening of a heart/soul that has cared for another who has no means to repay the kindness.

Did you ever have one of those moments? I remember several growing up where I found a critter, orphaned or injured, and caring for it until it could be released. Those are precious memories. As much as I gave, I know I got more in return.

Can you see the fibonacchi spiral in this painting? It’s there! It spirals, counter-clockwise, around the squirrel’s eye opening up to caress the hand and jawline of the girl, as if supporting them both.

IMG_7360This photo was taken at the beginning stage of the final art. I was very pleased with the lines; almost to the point of not wanting to paint over them! Click here to see a short video of the whole process from graphite sketch to framed, fine art.

IMG_8806Here it is in a hand-made hickory frame.

This soft pastel painting was juried into¬†Columbia Art League’s Critters Art show!

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