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Diana Shaul Fine Art

Original Paintings and Drawings

Small Economies

A woman in a long gown with a train sits watching the rain over the city. Highly embellished and textured original painting.

Story: This is made from all the posh coffees I never drank. It's held together with generic peanut butter and the paper that's left when a coupon's been clipped. It's the shoes I kept wearing even though the heels had worn down, and the no-logo bag that I carry every day. It's unmanicured nails and working hands. It comes from making do when I didn't have to, from saving when I could've spent. It's from being the child of a child who survived a war, and always having to eat everything on my plate. When it seemed the sun would never go in, I gave up a million things for a rainy day, small economies that didn't make sense. Mama told me history happens again and again. She showed me how things change yet stay the same. She made me understand things that she couldn't explain. She taught me what matters and what really does not. I grew up hopeful but cautious, somewhere between light and shade. And now that it's pouring, I am dry and warm and safe.

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]