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Diana Shaul Fine Art

Original Paintings and Drawings

A Commander of Respect

Original painting of a young woman travelling across a moonlit midnight-blue sky in a chariot with three horses.

Story: You left me neither money nor a home, and that made me angry. What was I supposed to do with three wilful horses and a chariot of the skies? Your letter offered me no suggestions. So, having nothing else to do, I decided upon the obvious. I set off on a trip across the sky. I didn't get very far. Well, crashing into a star can do some damage to a chariot. I was lucky enough to escape that ill-advised attempt at a journey with nothing worse than a smattering of bruises, the biggest of them being to my ego. Surprisingly, or maybe unsurprisingly, the horses were fine. But I guess you must've been expecting all that. After all, you knew the horses had personality, didn't you? You knew all about how they'd all head in different directions. You knew they'd have no regard for my wellbeing or my position at the reins. But now, looking back on it, I think that was the point of the legacy. I had to work with the horses. I had to gain their trust. I had to feed them and offer them shelter and give them the chance to get used to their harnesses and to each other. I had to turn three disparate horses into a team. It wasn't easy, but I have done it. My horses pull my chariot across the sky to every destination of my choosing. They do not struggle against me or one another, instead working in harmonious cooperation. Together we will travel the length and breadth of the universe. I know now that I didn't need you to leave me money or a home. Money is something I can earn. It'll take time, but one day I'll own a home of my own. You left me an offer of the universe, contingent only upon my becoming a commander of respect. I needed that.

Media: Acrylic and mixed media

Surface: Box canvas

Size: 20.3cm x 25.4cm x 1.5cm [depth]; 8" x 10" x 0.59" [depth]