Like A Prayer

Like A Prayer by Patrick Samuel
Oil pastels on off-white paper
22x31cm approx
Original available
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“Draw what you feel” is what my carer said to me. On this particular day, I felt calm. After a couple of bad days with my medication, I was able to let my pencil do the talking and show what I was feeling. I didn’t know what it would be at first, I just had to trust in what was happening.

I saw a basic outline and then felt the urge to take it a step further and fracture it into non-specific shapes. I kept going until I felt everything was connected and each shape had a relation to the next. And then came the colours, blending, shading and highlights to give it texture and depth.

The very last part was the expression. I’d never done anything like this before. What you see on her face is a reflection of the calmness I felt and the faith I’d placed in what I was doing; that everything would be ok in the end.