An expression of the art of combating anxiety, fleeing the trap of a tight chest and shallow breath. Originally I had drawn a rib cage in the background but I felt it was too obvious. I wanted the bird to be pictured truly free. I used non toxic paint stripper and a scraper to carve out the image and set the bird to the fore, the background dropping away to expose raw wood and rough paint remains. The painting is about freedom from suffering, not the act of suffering itself.
The heart beats strong and calm when you keep your eyes on the skies ❤
This piece sold at the recent Small Works Art Prize at Brunswick St Gallery in Fitzroy. (2017)