Just Out Of Reach

Just Out Of Reach

Just Out Of Reach

Oil on canvas – 2012
SOLD

Some things aren’t meant for holding on to, and as they leave I get to see them from a perspective that would have been impossible while I was holding them so close.

I do have a rough sketch for this piece, which I will upload when I have a decent image.
When I think about the first time I consciously recognised that moment of letting go as it was happening, it takes me back to childhood. A kite, or a balloon, or holding something out of the car window on the motorway and sitting in that moment of choice- testing how loose a grip I could keep on a flower until the wind whipped it out of my fingersĀ (similar to the moment represented in ‘The Gift’).
Although compared to ‘The Gift’ there is much less weight attached to the consequences.

There is almost more emphasis on the balloon rather than the little girl. Some of the things I’ve let go of in my life have branded themselves into my memory- I wanted the balloon to have the same effect.
It has a rather bland expression because I didn’t want it to have any personality. I also think there can be a slightly disturbing element to that, depending on the viewer.

 

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