20" x 30", oil on canvas.FULL VIEW PLEASE!
I started with the canvas sketch back in the late 2012, soon after I quit my graphic design job to be a full-time painter. I just had the chance to paint it with oils recently, part of it is because I had a couple of projects that I needed to prioritize, and also because I didn't want to sell it yet.
I believe that it takes a lot of courage and determination to follow whatever it is that your heart desires, and I have to admit that it's an aspect that I am lacking in my personality. I've always been scared and stupid. And what's worse is, most of the things that I'm scared of are random stuff that weren't really worthy of my fear. Well, I kinda know that already, but instead of moving on, I sometimes end up spending more time thinking about all of my uncertainties. That habit is something that I wanted to get rid of myself, and I thought that if only I can be braver than what I am now, maybe my life will be easier and more opportunities might come to me.
So, I went to google and searched for the phrase "how to be brave." (That's lame, I know. Maybe I should've gone to the land of Oz and ask the wizard to grant me a brave heart, instead.) I don't exactly remember how, but I suddenly stumble upon a Wikipedia article about Richard the Lionheart or Richard I of England (Well, that dude was pretty brave and for such a young age to win a lot of battles, God, I'm jealous!), which also reminded me of this song by Of Monsters And Men, King And Lionheart: [link]
Aaand that's pretty much how I got the inspiration for this piece. I'm sorry for writing a long description, I don't usually do this, but this piece is really special to me.