One of my favourite movies of all time is ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. I have to admit I did not read the books before the release of the movies but I was an immediate convert, hugely drawn to the world of Middle Earth and the depth of the characters that were brought to life through the story. Throughout LOTR, the juxtaposing of light versus darkness was apparent. I guess part of the reason I can relate to it so well is also the fact that like myself, J.R.R. Tolkien was a linguist, and a brilliant one at that.
The inspiration for my latest acrylic painting titled ‘New Day’ is drawn from both my forearm tattoo as well as a particular scene towards the end of ‘The Two Towers’ in LOTR. It was one where the forces of good realised they were fighting a losing battle, and with all hope appearing to be lost, Frodo was on the verge of giving up his journey when Sam gave him a speech that inspired hope.
Frodo: I can’t do this Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong, by right we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories Mr Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy.
How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened. But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why.
But I think, Mr Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folks in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding onto something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.
So here is my message of hope to all who read this that are suffering in silence for the cause of what is right. Those who suffer setbacks or are feeling disheartened for being unjustly treated simply for refusing to budge on your strong moral values. The journey towards inner freedom and seeking truth can be a lonely one at times.
But know this. You are not alone. Don’t let the darkness in this world change you, because you need not conform to the world. The world needs more people with kind hearts that bring light into darkness like you. And the goodness in you is always worth fighting for.
On the Artwork:
After priming canvas, base coat of paint utilised Primary Blue mixed with Titanium White for the sky, and Raw Umber and Lamp Black for the fields and road. Mix in Primary Yellow with Titanium White, and a good mix of Cadmium Yellow for the sun and sun’s rays. Use fan brush to achieve effect for leaves of trees and flowers on the fields.