“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”
― Susan Polis Schutz
Echoing my photographic attraction to nature and abstraction, this is my second attempt at painting with acrylics, it has been over thirty-five years since I last painted. I’ve also been extremely inspired by the community of artists I’ve gotten to know in the past few years.
The painting is loosely based on a few of my photos, depicting the edge of a dense forest, with dark trees opening up to a display of golden light. An effect that I named, “God Light” in a recent series of photos. At this point, there is no deep meaning hidden in the painting, that I am consciously aware of, other than a longing to be in the light, rather than darkness, the light serves to call us from darkness to enlightenment.
The main purpose of my blog will remain focussed on my photography, but I thought I’d share my journey into the world of painting as well, as it has been strongly influenced by wanting to take my photography further.
Acrylic on Canvas
11 x 14
© Ed Lehming 2017