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Acrylic on canvas, 12x16"
The painting is on a stretched canvas, painted round the sides, with a string on the back, so it is ready to hang as it is, or can be framed if you prefer.
I visualised this painting while photographing my children exploring a cave in Wales. The flash photography captured water droplets falling from the cave roof in mid air and highlighted the ‘concentric ring effect’ of the ridges in the rock.
The motivation for the painting was purely that I thought it would look ‘nice’, but while painting it, different thoughts came into my mind:
To me, the cave looked beautiful, but my feelings were tinged with the fear that I couldn’t see what was deeper in the cave where it was dark, just like I can’t predict what is ahead in time, in the future. It also occurred to me that if I didn’t go to places that scared me slightly, I could miss out on experiencing beautiful things.
Another thought was that this painting could be interpreted as a part of the human anatomy – a human ‘cave’ rather than a rock cave, especially because of the colours I have chosen. I chose those colours just because I like those colours together. But how much are we controlled by our subconscious thoughts?