This is not only a (biased opinion), beautiful sunset, nor is it only a sentimental piece, this is actually my first artistic foray into using oil pastels. Late one evening while enjoying some time with my daughter and reflecting on now passed guide dog, Beth or Betty as we called her; I got a sudden urgency to create or as I said to my daughter laughably at the time, “I must art!”. This piece however is not all giggles, but at the same time it is not all tears, even though my first reaction when I finished and looked at was to cry. As I mentioned in my biography, I put my all into my pieces, and this one was very close to my heart. With the pastels, I created a gradient sky from an almost dark purple night sky poking in through to the burning final flames of the days sun as it slips below the horizon. The ocean itself looks like it is on fire from the reflection of the sun drifting away but demonstrating that it’s flame will still burn brightly even when we cannot see it directly – similarly to people and furpanions in our life. Sometimes they may not be visible to us anymore, but the flame of their memory still burns brightly within our hearts and minds. The crashing wave coming into shore symbolising that nothing in life is smooth sailing but if you ride it out you will end up safely on solid land. The horizon line is completely ablaze as that it where all have gone that we have lost and all are coming from that we are yet to meet. For me personally this signifies the loss particularly of three special souls – my great grandmother who ever was taken from me when I was the same age as my daughter is now; my own Mum whom we lost in 2007 when my daughter was only four-months-old, and my soul mate guide dog Beth (Betty is what we called her), whom we lost June 2020. The paw prints in the sand, heading into the horizon are those of Beth as she had to travel that last walk without me.
There is so much beauty in the piece though, as each of the souls, all that I have lost and all lost in general are glistening in the background creating these magical sunsets for us. It feels like it is coming out toward you, that is the new life coming forth. New life doesn’t need to be literal, it can be whatever you need it to mean, interpret as you will. Most of all what I wanted out of creating this piece was for people to find beauty, solace, peace and joy. If it moved you in anyway at all, then I feel that I have achieved my goals. May you find your inner peace and next time you miss a loved one, or a new life comes into your world, perhaps seek out a sunset/sunrise or think back to this piece.
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All of these artists are awesome! I love the diversity of these artworks, but in each one it’s clear to the viewer how much it means to the artist to express their creativity and feelings in their own way. Bravo and thankyou !!
The artwork of some of these paintings/drawings is amazing. The photography of the reflections is next level and something I can really appreciate. Well done to all who submitted their artwork.
Great art work. Lots of detail and thought put in.
Awesome displays of talent and art! Enjoyed viewing these.
What a lovely collection of artwork, expressing the many talents within our community. Thank you for sharing these incredible pieces, they are all beautiful and show a diverse range of technique.
What wonderful hidden talent is out there in the community – fabulous that hard work and artistic vision can be appreciated by many.
Great work by all those involved.
I am so impressed by the standard of the art work submitted by out talented Unity Housing tenants! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has put their creative talents on display. Well done!
Congratulations to all that submitted their artwork for this display, there are some great pieces here. I love the pencil work, photography and also the nature paintings. How very clever you all are – thanks for sharing !!
There is a wonderful array of artistry shown by our Unity tenants, it is lovely to see such passion and skills portrayed by the various people who entered their artwork for display, such great work!
Wonderful art works.
As a fellow Unity housing Artist I was impressed by the quality of the work on exhibit,the standard of work is of high standards and Quality. Congratulations to all the artists and all of those behind the scenes that put in Thier hard work. It will be a privilege to exhibit with you next year. Thankyou for exhibiting your work, Well done Cheers Kym
To all my fellow artists, and all the other artists out there in the community, especially those with challenges. I just would like to say that it has been a privilege to share my meager and simple pieces of art with such great artists as yourselves. Each and everyone of you should be very proud of your ability to bring your creative vision to reality on canvas, paper or whatever your surface/medium. The emotional and passion here are visceral and I am awestruck by how great each and everyone of you is, each with such an individual artistic voice waiting to be heard. I look forward to seeing more from you all in the future. Fantastic job everyone. 👍👏😁 🎨
The diversity and talent of these artist are amazing, a great display of exceptional artwork!
What an amazing collection! So good to see Unity Housing supporting their tenants in such an innovative and exciting way.
Really love the diversity and level of talent of the works on display.
What a wonderful exhibition. What a fantastic opportunity for these artists to showcase their talents. Thanks for putting this online too – we often miss out on great exhibitions living so far from the big smoke.
What a wonderful exhibition! I’m so glad this was posted online so those in Regional areas get to see it too. Congrats to all the artists on their fantastic work.
What a wonderful way for individual artists to showcase their unique artwork as part of a shared exhibition space. So much variety. Simply awesome!
I have been really impressed with the entries from Unity residents & staff. It has inspired me to enter one or two of my artworks next year.