Wave Portrait No. 141 – Forgiveness

While painting this piece, I thought about forgiveness. I thought about how hard it is to forgive someone who has hurt me and how long I hold grudges. I thought about how it’s impossible to forgive someone else if I can’t forgive myself first.

pastel painting of a purple and green wave

Wave Portrait No. 141-Forgiveness, 5×7″ pastel on UArt 600 sanded paper by Marie Marfia

I used purple, blue and black in this piece to represent bruising and hurt and I used green and yellow to represent healing. The pink is pure Pepto-Bismol because it coats, soothes and protects.

Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote after I painted it:

“You are a bag of hopes, dreams, contradictions, disappointments, and unexpected graces. Like everyone. You’re allowed to have slack. You can try again. You are not kicked out of the human race for fucking up. On the contrary, it’s proof that you belong.”

Here’s a slide show of the painting’s progression:

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7 thoughts on “Wave Portrait No. 141 – Forgiveness

        1. Marie Marfia Post author

          Thanks for the encouragement and your comments! It’s easy to get lost in the void and feel like there’s no one out there. When I hear from people, I don’t feel like I’m talking to myself so much as I’m having a conversation with friends. It’s a very good thing! (Although someone recently told me that talking to yourself is a sign of genius!)

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