There is an obvious connection between the two in this painting. The girls cling to each other, gathering strength & courage, the older protecting the younger.
What is she protecting her from? We cannot see what it is, but the older keeps a watchful eye, while the younger appears to be engaging the viewer, begging for help with her young, distraught gaze.
The viewer is pulled into this painting. The older is a picture of concern, while there is a yearning in the younger. Is the younger seeking protection or comfort or both? What circumstances precipitated this embrace?
The background is blank allowing the viewer to put their own circumstance into the painting. Who do you see yourself as, in this painting?
There are times in our lives when we are in both of these positions. Sometimes we are the one giving the comfort, the one who protects and shelters someone else. We hold someone and keep a watchful eye to guard as we can. Other times we are the ones who need the shelter and comfort. We call out for help and rest in the comfort provided to us, just as the young girl does in this painting.
Our lives are filled with giving and taking. May we always give with fervor and receive with thankfulness. Life is better together!
My paintings are little bits of me, moving from within me and out onto the canvas. Each painting comes from an emotional connection I feel with the painting’s inspiration.
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