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Standing Still

Standing Still

Standing Still

Isla MacDonald

My oil painting expresses a moment in time when everything was still. When the woodland was at peace, and the roads were empty. When the only sounds were the crunching of the leaves beneath my feet and the distant cawing of birds. Where there were no corruptions. No pollution. No conflict. Just peace. The land seemed untouched. As the chilling air surrounded me, I thought of how long it would take before this moment was disturbed. Before this land was ripped apart.

For my first experience with oil paint, I wanted to improve my skin tones and clothing fabric. I believe this self-portrait was successful in fulfilling these goals. The freezing atmosphere is conveyed through my flushed cheeks and textured hood, and the background depicts the forest’s vastness. I wanted to create a peaceful piece of artwork, one that tells people to take a step back. To take a break and look at the unfair reality of the world. It's okay to choose a path that might be different to others and to think beyond the world's confinements. To show people that it's okay to stand still.

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The Work of My Father

The Work of My Father

Heartbroken

Heartbroken