I originally intended this piece to highlight the significance of the helmet (as you can see in the early sketches), but things changed and I decided I wanted to instead focus on the bond between the boy and the dog.
Though they are still quite young, the boy and his dog have experienced enough together to know that they can rely completely on each other. Enveloped in the light of an open window, they get ready for another day, excited to see what sort of adventures await them.
The light in this picture represents the bond between the boy and his dog. I love the quality of light in the morning. It's very bright and promising, like the way life feels when you have someone that you can truly call 'friend'.
Many years ago, I had a conversation with my mom about the definition of friendship. I was unsatisfied with the number of people in my life that I felt really connected to...almost as if something must be wrong with my social and relationship skills.
(That may not be too far from the truth).
During the conversation, she taught me something that has stayed with me over the years.
She said that if you're able to find even just one friend in your lifetime that you can completely trust and truly connect with, that would be more than one could ask for.
Here's to hoping that we all have someone like that in our lives. And that we strive to be that someone ourselves.
Original Artwork That I Copied
The picture on the left side of the wall was not something that I came up with. Here's the original:
I hope that "Morning Light" resonated with you in some way...perhaps reminded you of someone in your life that has changed it for the better. Leave a comment below if it has. I'd love to hear from you!