22" x 41"
Ink and acrylic on canvas (handcrafted stretchers)
I know I like to share a lot of positive messaging here because I believe the things that I am discovering about myself through my art are positive, but I also want you to know that I am not some special human who is able to be positive all the time. I struggle, too, just like you. And this painting is about the challenge behind maintaining perspective while also giving yourself permission to FEEL. I’m not always able to believe that good things are in store for me, or to feel secure in who I am - even though deep down I know these concepts to be truths. I experience doubt, pain, suffering, misery, fear. Oh, the fear sometimes can bring me to my knees! But that’s because I am human. This painting is about allowing myself to feel it all - the pain, the misery, the loss, the fear, the doubt. These feelings are emotions that are just as real and valid as joy, confidence, happiness, hopefulness.
Feelings are strange things. Emotions are so powerful, but they are truly invisible forces. You can’t touch or see an emotion. You cannot hold pain in your hands. You cannot put joy in your pocket and save it for later. Your emotions exist only in your mind and in your heart. They aren’t tangible and yet they are so real.
This painting is about maintaining perspective that there are some emotions that hurt, and others that are pleasurable, but they are all emotions just the same. I try to resist the painful ones because they make me feel bad, but that doesn’t mean that they are bad. They are part of me. I am ok with feeling it all, and paying attention to what it means to enjoy the ones that feel good, because they aren’t guaranteed, and they don’t last forever. And when those warm, soft, loving, bright, hopeful and beautiful emotions fill my heart, I am trying to share them with the people I love. I am practicing gratitude for the people in my life who are also able to see the painful emotions I share with them as a gift as well (not just the joyful emotions), because all my emotions are a part of me. I am learning to be ok with feeling it all, whatever that looks like in the moment, without judgement.
More info about this product:
This painting was hand-stretched by the artist in her studio on rustic, homemade stretcher bars - an experiment of sorts that turned out well enough. It can be hung as an exposed canvas, or framed in a floating wood frame for a more polished look. This painting comes with a hand-written artist statement and signature. If you purchase this painting you will be contacted by the artist for more information about pick-up options in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, or delivery/shipping information.
Please note that the buyer is responsible for any shipping charges and/or for picking up the painting, but the artist will facilitate the process by obtaining quotes, packaging the product safely, and bringing it to a shipping centre at no extra cost. Reach out to the artist directly through the Contact page for any inquiries regarding this piece.
*This is an original painting by Tania LaCaria, there is only one in the world.