A collector recently wrote to me and asked about the inspiration behind the painting “Learn From the Fall” and the meaning behind the title.
The title of the painting, “Learn From the Fall” is from a song that I adore.
I am often inspired by literature and music lyrics. When I read or hear a phrase that speaks to me, I will make a note of it for future reference (occasionally on the wall of my studio, like how it happened with this one!).
Sometimes the phrase will inspire a new painting and sometimes the title is chosen after the painting is complete as a way to describe the emotion or life experience that I was inspired by while creating. In this case the title came to me in the beginning stages of the painting. I love the title and everything that it represents to me.
“Learn From the Fall” inspires me to learn from challenging life experiences and to persevere.
As in life, love and art – we fall.
Sometimes life doesn’t go the way we had hoped. The best thing we can do is embrace those experiences and learn from them.
Visually, in the painting you can see the green leaves falling on the left hand side and sweeping up through the middle of the painting and turning a brighter shade of yellow as they rise. The painting has a cyclical feel to the composition – as leaves fall down towards the earth in death, they are just as soon lifted up as if carried by a gust of wind for a second chance.
It reminds me of falling head over heels in love with reckless abandon… and then… inevitably learning from that experience, yet still choosing to do it all over again the next time. 😉 It’s a beautiful thing.
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Here is the song that started it all…
“Learn From the Fall” by Noah Guthrie – Only1Noah