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Sunday, May 2, 2010


"Vanishing Hope"; Oil on Canvas, 20cm x 20cm x 4cm

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Anonymous said...

she looks so sad, not just a sadness that will lift but a deep set sadness that no words or form of comfort could drive away

Anonymous said...

I agree. She does look exceptionally sad; but there is something of resolve there too, something determined and not completely without hope.

T.S. said...

Yeah, it's the slightly furrowed brow. I like the hair, how did you get the hair so fine?

Carl said...

Anon 1 - Yes. It was a difficult title to paint (one of the suggested titles from an earlier post). It called to mind an unberable depth of sadness, of loss and the "death" that slowly comes with loss of hope.
But ...
Anon 2 & TS
I added the "furrowing" at the last minute. All hope can't die... that although it may be vanishing it is never fully vanished. I beieve that our spirits are made of stronger stuff than that; that there is always a remaining flicker of hope; that that same 'defiance', that 'backbone' that keeps humans alive in the most extreme circumstances, keeps hope alive too. Although she is indescribably sad, and hope is waning, she will never be hopeless.
TS ...The fine hair was actually done by scratching the canvas. :)
I need to repost this photo ... it's not a very good pic.

T.S. said...

Why are YOU so sad? Most of your paintings seem to have this overwhelming feeling of sadness about them. I'm sorry if I'm prying, but where does all this sadness come from?