Flight School Series: Run Before You Fly. 24x12” oil on panel.
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This is a story about a little fox who think the night will last forever. He makes friends with Moon and learned even on the darkest coldest night, even in the deepest fox hole, he isn’t alone. Raven teaches him to fly so he can be with Moon, his love.
Dear little fox,
You don’t know me, but I’ve painted you moon-gazing for a very long time.
I can’t teach you to reach for the moon, all I can do
Is reach for it myself.
And so as the author of this story, I painted you a black bird, a professor of flight, to show you the way.
You need to learn to use the feet you have.
Run before you fly.
💖How do we learn to do the impossible?
One step at a time.
This is just as much a love story as it is a story about learning you are capable of so much more than the limitations you set for yourself.
Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.
Keep some room on your for back
🦅 To the moon 🌙,
How many foxes have I painted looking up at the moon? So many.
This imagery has been such a part of me it’s actually part of my tattoo sleeve (by the ink sorceror @horijefe !)
It was during the creation of this new series that I fully realized how important it was to create characters and scenes that make us feel more alive.
I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of this new story of mine. Original coming to Cole Gallery (@colegallery) as part of my August ’22 show! Available preorder via DM.
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