A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
—Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
This is another painting from my show at the Principle Gallery, Part of the Pattern, which opens this Friday, June 3, at their Old Town Alexandria location on historic King Street. This piece is a 20″ by 24″ canvas that I call Winds of Hope.
The words above from Catherine the Great jibe well with the meaning that I take from this painting. For me, the patterned winds symbolize the constantly changing nature of the world. The world is never static and change is inevitable and beyond our ability to control it. How we see this change and react to it is the only thing that we control.
For some, any change is scary and filled with imagined terrors. They try to hold tight to a past that has long since spun away and can never return in the same form. Their world is filled with their own fears and each new gust takes them further from that idealized past.
I guess that the winds of change would give these people a headache.
Others just ride the currents without any thought, barely if at all noticing that change is all around them. Maybe they are the fortunate ones, these people who live with their eyes only on that which is directly in front of them, never seeing the pattern of change in the sky above them. They only notice it when it hinders them.
Then there are those who realize that the winds cannot be controlled, that they will blow where they please. The change they bring comes without a thought as to how is affects us. These are the ones who try to find the positive aspect of this change, who attempt to spark their imagination to see hope in this new future.
They see hope in the winds of change.
Is that a naive way of seeing things?
But I prefer the naivete of hope over the cynicism, fear and careless ignorance of the other views.
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Your help is truly needed…