Morning Dove

“Morning Dove”
Acrylic on Canvas – March 2016

This painting is coming to peace with the idea that we’ve been away from Korea for over a year and that it was a good choice for our family.   The building is taken from the idea of our Korean home, which used to have a blue tile roof and orangish-tan walls.  Years ago, living in Asia seemed a lofty dream.  And then it became my reality.  But like many others that I have known who have lived over there it almost became the end of my dream.  Life was comfortable, easy even in some ways.  It was predictable – and the thought of returning and leaving that comfort zone was terrifying.  But if life has taught me anything it is that you don’t get anywhere or have amazing experiences by being comfortable and safe. 

And for that and many, many other reasons we left.  I was not happy.  I was angry.  Angry at myself for leaving, angry at myself for missing it, angry at hubby, angry at this new place where I had out rightly said that I never wanted to live.   But looking back at that dream from a new place a year later I know it was the right decision.  I’m no longer angry that I left.  Yes, there are plenty of things that I miss and to make a list would be one extremely long post – but I’m at peace with our decision.  And while that’s easy to say it’s not easy to really mean.. but in painting it, I do.

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