Survival

16″ x 20″ Mixed media on canvas

Sometimes you have to reinvent yourself in order to survive.

This was one of the paintings I started a few weeks ago but got stuck on, I couldn’t finish it. I really liked parts of it, there’s some personal symbolic stuff going on, so I knew I needed to complete it.

The cut up newsprint flower idea came to me in a dream. It took me a few days to obtain a newspaper, (who reads the paper anymore?) and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was done!

I think the painting symbolizes strength through perseverance despite the obstacles that might be in the way. It reminds me of a flower that grows up and breaks through concrete. We must stay focused on our goals, even if our only goal is to survive.

22 Comments

  1. “ It reminds me of a flower that grows up and breaks through concrete….”

    First thing that struck me was the newspaper flower cut-out! Brilliant! Love the intense colors around it, as if the flower’s already leant it’s essence to the world around it, coloring it with richness, taking & leaving the imprint of the world on itself to take back into the ground, re-nourish, and replenish again next time! Flowers do that, even in old hardened lava (as per pictures I’ve seen, lol) – they keep coming back 😊

    “We must stay focused on our goals, even if our only goal is to survive.” – if survival’s at stake, it is the only goal. Even if the only thing surviving is our integrity and sense of self ❤️

    Love your perseverance & creativity, Tiffany!

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