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Diana Shaul Fine Art

Original Paintings and Drawings

A Sky-Worthy Vessel

A magical cityscape painting featuring hot-air balloons and the one who determines their worthiness for flight.

Story: It is only a small vessel, but it is perfect. I have checked thoroughly, and I know. Do not cast doubt on my judgement: though my appearance may suggest otherwise, I am quite the expert in my chosen field. If I deem a vessel ready to be sent on its way, then it is. And, let me tell you, I haven't seen too many as ready as this one.

Some of the balloons that you see in tonight's sky are well-established vessels that know their way through the stars. They navigate with confidence, certain of the direction they will take, sure of where they're headed. And they are magnificent in colour and size, visible even when they are far off in the sky. It is surely obvious even to an amateur like you that they easily qualify as sky-worthy vessels, these carriers of the wishes of mature hearts. The balloon that is about to begin its journey is more difficult to assess, but I am prepared to explain my judgement, provided that your wish to understand is sincere and you have the patience to listen. You see, this balloon carries with it the dreams of a heart that is young yet full of courage. It might not know yet which route it will take, but it is already determined to choose a course that will make things better than they have been thus far. To have such conviction at the start of a journey is a rare thing, and the rules of my profession strictly forbid my being the cause of any unnecessary delay. This balloon may be small, but it is the brightest of colours, and it is my belief that once kissed by starlight, it will positively shine. And that is why I declare in the strongest possible terms that it is a sky-worthy vessel, and in these parts, the final word on such matters is mine.

Media: Acrylic and mixed media

Surface: Box canvas

Size: 10" x 12" x 0.59" [depth]; 25.4cm x 30.5cm x 1.5cm [depth]