"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. " ~ Carl Jung.

mixed media painting on paper "Caught between two worlds"

"Caught between two worlds", mixed media on Canson XL 12 x18" watercolour paper.

This title came so easily to me compared to titles for other paintings.

Why is she caught between two worlds?

For this assignment, I was to paint a "graffiti girl" but right from the get-go, the painting never suggested anything contemporary to me.

She reminded me very much of photographs of women long ago who endured hardships and disappointments with presence of mind and cool composure.

As I continued with the painting, she adopted a bit of a more modern look. Her hair is loose and partially uncombed, she does have a bit of lip colour on her, and the dress, although rather demure by today's standard, might be considered timeless.

And this is how the title "Caught between two worlds" came to be.

She does look sad, as women did long ago in their formal photos, but surely she has had her moments of happiness too in spite of life’s hardships.

After all, as Jung states, happiness is not a permanent state of mind, and is appreciated far more when we also accept our times of sorrow.

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