Back in September, one of my favourite restaurants in my neighbourhood hosted an art show. I am not big on traditional art, but I was intrigued by this event. I stopped by there on the first day of the show. There wasn’t a lot of artworks, maybe about ten or so. Some were paintings, some were drawings, and some were sculptures. The artists had gathered at the restaurant for the opening, and they were all having a jolly time as they ate delicious food. Behind their table was a painting that had completely captivated me.
This untitled oil painting seriously spoke to me. After I graduated from uni, and until I started my postgrad programme, I’d been in a major slump in what I call the “quarter-life crisis”. I’d felt lost, as if I had no direction in my life, and even when I’d tried to pinpoint a route, I’d been overwhelmed by the infinite amount of choices. Even now, I question my own existence, question where I want to go and how I want to get there, but I’d felt that more so when I was in my mid-twenties.
I feel that the girl in the painting represents me, and she’s looking into the dark night, looking at all the unlimited options in front of her, and wondering which route to take. She also feels a sense of loneliness as she looks into the night. However, the girl also senses peace in her surrounding. Alone, she stands in the night forest and enjoys the scenery in front of her. The trees and plants of different colours symbolises all the diversity in life and nature. There’s something quite magical and surreal about this place, and as she takes in this wonderland, she becomes grateful at having to see this beautiful and bewitching landscape.
All that was going through my mind as I sought out the artist and expressed my interest in buying this piece. The artist was quite surprised that someone wanted to buy her piece, but how could I not? I’d never come upon a painting that resonated with me, so it was only natural to want this piece. The artist had to think about my offer, and after a few weeks, she sold this to me. I am now a proud owner of this work. I have it hanging above my PC workstation at home, and it is something I can look at every day and gain motivation. Though I have commissioned artists to create digital art for me, this is the first traditional artwork I’ve bought!
What do you think of this painting? Have you ever ran into an artwork that resonated deeply with you? Have you ever purchased artwork from someone? If you’re an artist, would you be able to part with your work? Share with me in the comments!