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The Crossing And Its Ties To The Coronavirus

Thomas Blood

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May 20th, 2020 - 02:27 PM

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The Crossing And Its Ties To The Coronavirus

"The Crossing" is quite unlike just about any painting I've ever done before.

Start with the fact that it has a brown sky. A brown sky? Well, there are hints of white, yellow and red in it so it's not all brown. Still, brown skies are not in my normal color palette.

The land and sea below aren't exactly popping with color, either. There are hints of green trees in the land far below the two precipices but they come out as more dark brown than green. All in all, it's not the cheeriest of settings.

So what's the deal with the people who are literally walking on air?

Those who know my painting style know that I love to paint the impossible, or at least the highly improbable. People crossing from one side of a precipice to the other while walking on air certainly qualifies.

I think subconsciously this whole pandemic has messed with my head (I'm certainly not alone in that regard). This is now the third painting I've done (the third just made its debut a few hours ago) that is somehow connected with the Coronavirus.

My "Social Distancing" painting was a little easier to see the connection. But with this one, the implied meaning is much more subtle.

The painting depicts a range of people - young and old, slightly obese, one even in a wheelchair crossing from one side of a precipice to another. It's kind of my way of saying that you just have to put yourself out there. Take a flying leap of faith that you will get through this.

We're all on our own journey through life. You rarely know what awaits you. But if you have a little faith, you can get to the other side.

Now, how you define what 'the other side' is, is entirely up to you.

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