Cool Painting… what does it mean? What was the story behind it? Why were you compelled to make it? How long did it take you?
I find that when people are drawn to artwork, these are just some of the questions that are going through their heads. Something catches their eye and keeps them exploring.
Since I too am asked these questions, I’ve decided to create several blog posts going forward to explain what my work is about and what compelled me to create it. My goal is to bring more meaning, understanding and appreciation for each piece. I also hope it helps ignite curiosity and enthusiasm in you, my reader. Today’s discussions is about the painting Boxing – Laila Ali.
I love Laila Ali! She is an incredibly strong woman mentally and physically and I find her strength and determination incredibly beautiful. When I was preparing pieces for my Imperfect Beauty collection, I wanted to show women who are vulnerable as well as women who could pack a punch! And then it came to me – it all centers on Laila Ali. The portrait I painted of her is of a very determined woman. The other woman is like a protégé, she stands for all women who seek to reach Ali’s mental and physical state on their own terms.
I’m not a boxer. I don’t even like boxing. But what I like are the messages that she delivers. The message in this piece is about how nothing is impossible but the minds of people who want to keep you down. The quote I use is as follows:
IMPOSSIBLE is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given then to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
But I could have used several of her other quotes just as easily…. hmmmm, ideas for more paintings? Here are a few of her other quotes:
By being an athlete, I have uncovered so many other ways to express my beauty. Being a strong, fearless woman makes me feel beautiful. I love the way I look and feel when I am two hours into my training and my skin is glistening with sweat and my clothes are drenched because I have given it all I’ve got.
I’m a professional world champion. Of course if you’re a world champion, you’re working harder than everybody else. You’re making the commitment, and you’re making the sacrifices. If it were easy, everybody would be able to do it. Everybody would be able to be world champion, but everybody can’t be. Everybody doesn’t have it in them.
The original and prints in different sizes are available here.
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