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The Joy Of Life, 2002

by Janelle McKay

synthetic polymer/mixed media on board
45 x 60 cm
Year 11, Daramalan College, Canberra

Life is an amazing concept.
If we can find joy in the mere experience of living, then what happy souls we would be.
Our lives are like flowers,
We are warmed by the sun,
Nourished by the rain,
As we grow more we face challenges,
Which can hurt but ultimately make us stronger.
Then, in time, we rise up closer and closer to the glory of the sun.
For me flowers are a representation of joy and life.
This is what I have tried to express in my painting.

Headspace 3

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