Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.Christopher Hitchens
He senses treachery afoot.
“To cross or not?”
As the foundations tremble beneath his feet.
The damage might yet be mitigated.
He just needs to discover.
Just. One. More. Step.
My inspiration for this painting was derived from my readings of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive. As I read about Kaladin’s harrowing journey toward resilience and reconciliation with the self on the Shattered Plains, I felt compelled to create my version of it.
The Shattered Plains was a gripping ambience that somehow resonated.
The Hedgehog is my hero in this story: consistently, persistently, tenaciously, overcoming the tension and fear of the unknown. And without guarantee, always moving forward.
A Reflection on Attachment, Art & the Therapeutic Alliance
- Book: Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self: The Neurobiology of Emotional Development by Allan N. Schore (1994).