The story of the painting, Spirit of the Canyon, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve:
The human spirit is an indomitable one, and within all of us is the desire to create, to search, to explore, to be something and someone greater than the world around us says that we are.
And because no other human is privy to the inner workings and desires of our souls, our secret — of who we want to be, and who we think we really are — is safe with us. When the day’s work is done, and our obligations are set aside for the moment, we are free to pursue our dreams and aspirations, to mull over what it is that we would prefer to be doing, and to take the necessary steps to get there.
Spirit of the Canyon captures the sense of abandon and freedom that our souls yearn for, and the Canyon Sprite, hopped atop the rock, faces the sun, which plays across and warms her face. A breeze rises from the depths below and grasps the cloth in her hands, giving a sense of movement and flight.
There is a reason why no one can see the inner workings of our soul — those thoughts, those dreams, those desires are fragile, and they need to be nurtured in a safe place until they are strong enough to be brought out in the open and allowed to stand on their feet. The Canyon Sprite in Spirit of the Canyon is an embodiment of those dreams and desires, and she stands strong and straight and free and joyful.
Whatever your dream, your aspiration, your desire — nurture it, protect it, give it strength, and believe in it until one day, it hops up to a high, solid place and raises its arms in the air with exultation and joy.
Read the rest at Start Your Week with Steve.
Spirit of the Canyon is an original oil painting, 30 x 36, on canvas, gallery wrapped and ready to hang immediately on your wall.
As always, feel free to contact Steve Henderson Fine Artdirectly by e-mailing Carolyn@SteveHendersonFineArt.com with your questions and comments about Steve’s original oil and watercolor paintings or licensed open edition prints.