As I spend time working on my stand up and discover what it means to be a comedian, I've been exploring the world of art. From writing, to performing, paints to metal working, music, and even marketing, art is such a huge part of our every day lives. The thing that has moved me the most though is getting to know the artists behind the work. So many have stories they're yearning to tell, with heartbreaks and tragedies, perseverance, and triumph. Today I'd like to share three paintings I've done. The first one, seen above, is a painting of a rose set adrift into a lake at sunset. I painted this to try and capture one of the hardest things I'm sure all of us has gone through, walking away from someone you love. Whether giving them the freedom to find themselves, letting go for your own happiness, or saying goodbye to a loved one who's passed, it's never easy to continue on without that love. I went with a rose in full bloom because I wanted to express a remembering of the joy, the good that was if you will. Sunset was to signify the closing of a chapter, and water represents the unknown, the journey of life.
This next painting is not as beautiful in its sentiment. I'm sure we've all felt unworthy, not good enough, like we've been a disappointment our whole lives. It's more about how we judge ourselves. What we think people think of us. It's also about looking inside yourself and acknowledging the darkness we all have. I felt it was important that we all own up to our mistakes, our flaws, or sins even, and hopefully take responsibility.
This last one is meant to be about different thoughts and ideas, beliefs that one has that may be pushing people away, or tearing away from the comforts we're accustomed to. It's never easy to break with the norm, to follow your heart, or to stand up for what's right. But I wanted to pay homage to those that do, and possibly offer insight to the struggles they faced when doing so. I hope you all enjoy. Thank you.