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Diana Shaul Fine Art

Original Paintings and Drawings

Make-or-Break Time

Painting of a woman holding on to a stone wall, testing the ground beneath her.

Story: The words come out in pieces, stop and start, uncertain, like the jerky movements of a car controlled by a learner driver who hasn't quite mastered the clutch. I am not sure how you will react to my confidence, for ours has been a romance of fresh air and sunshine, and now I summon clouds to a clear blue sky.

But I know we are at a crossroads, this way or that, no turning back, and I need you to know my story and hear it from me before we choose our path.

So I place a foot on the quicksand, knowing full well that I might sink, taking with me the thing I most treasure. I steady myself, one hand against the wall, and tread lightly at first, guarded, unwilling to risk my full weight.

When nothing shifts, I press forward, suddenly rushing. My words tumble over each other, my driving reckless, no brakes, my mind on only my destination. I am on a mission now.

And it's funny, but I know that I am taking no risk. I don't need to look up and see your clear-eyed gaze to be sure, for you are still standing here, listening, and that tells me all I need to know. It was make-or-break time, and now it isn't.

Media: Acrylic and mixed media

Surface: Daler-Rowney 100% acid-free cotton stretched canvas

Size: 50cm x 60cm x 1.5cm [depth]; 19.69" x 23.62" x 0.59" [depth]