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Lumen 9 by Michael Whelan

Lumen 9 by Michael Whelan

LUMEN 9 (2013) by Michael Whelan
http://www.michaelwhelan.com

Acrylic on Canvas - 36" x 54"
This image originated from an idea that I brought home with me from the hospital in May of the year 2000. When the idea came to me, the only thing I had to draw on was an advisory pamphlet for patients, so I used the back of it for a rough sketch of the composition. I carried the idea in my head for years afterwards and didn’t get around to executing the painting until ten years later. As in all my Lumen works, the essential metaphor is that of a figure making his or her way past great obstacles towards an opening, a source of light.
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That girl right there?  That's me.  All that long slog is over.  The climb is complete.  And the light is shining right on me.  Let's go see what is out there.  This is the breath before the adventure.

(And no, you won't get any explanation at all why it's a metaphor for me either.  Imagine what you want - maybe someday it will all spill out of me, but not right now)

I imagine that girl is a lot of us.

Passage: The Red Step by Michael Whelan

Passage: The Red Step by Michael Whelan

The Crossing by Michael Whelan

The Crossing by Michael Whelan