Acrylic on Canvas.
"The Man and his Book" transpired as a sketch toward the end of an arduous 14 hour shift. I made sure to be present in every swipe of ink. My usual sketches are much more haphazard and thoughtless, I needed something refined that required my whole presence.
After months of struggling energetically and creatively, I learned to dedicate my whole presence toward my creative endeavors. Through out the creation of "The Man and His Book", I was constantly reminded that I am capable and worthy of mindfulness and peace. This piece speaks to my own path of growth, featuring a book which helped to start my journey toward living my values.
2020 brought promise of a fresh lifestyle: a new frontier. I had been planning to move to a new city to pursue my passions and allow myself the space I deserved. This liberation warped to a menacing anxiety. Unwavering terror became the only constant and creativity became stagnant. I felt lifeless and dull; any change became welcome. I had to dedicate myself to living in my body and cultivating a healthy mind. I am finally finding my self and accepting that I deserve peace, patience, and health.