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A new day dawns with a blaze of color, light, shadow, and promise.
This is an Awakening, which can be an aspect of the physical world, such as the dawn of every day. It can also be, and most importantly is, a metaphysical and spiritual situation as well – when a person awakens to life’s various truths, and never thinks the same again.
By spiritual, one is not confined to the concept of “religious,” and indeed, the further one steps from man-made religions with their dogmas and creeds and rules and regulations and requirements, the more likely one is to reach an actual awakening, because a system of laws and statutes is not one conducive to the questioning, the wondering, and the analysis required to seek truth.
Awakening, the artwork, sets the viewer before the light and color and perspective of dawn: light is the key, because without it, we see little or nothing, and what is seen is affected by shadow. But light – light shines on things that were in darkness and exposes them to sight. As the light grows stronger, it brings these hidden things into greater detail, and one can study them more closely.
In the beginning, when the light is just beginning, there is little detail – but the color and reflection are glorious. Such is the feeling, often, at the beginning of any quest for truth, when a little lights shines into the shadow world that we have so long inhabited. We see things we never saw before, in a way we could never imagine, and now that we have seen them, we long to learn more, to see more, to understand more.
“I never knew that was there!” we exclaim. “I thought it was just an empty, dark, space.”
No, there are no empty, dark spaces – but there are hidden elements that hide in shadow and darkness, working quietly in the background and hoping not to be seen or noticed.
But the sun rises every day, and at each dawn, there is opportunity to see, and discover, that which was hidden.
Featured on 23 Fine Art America groups.
Third place winner (tied with On the Horizon, also by Steve Henderson) in the Sunrise Sunsets contest, August 2019.
May 2nd, 2017
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