To: Control, Love: God Painting by Taylor O Thomas

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Painting: Acrylic, Oil, Oil Pastel, Soft Pastel, Graphite on Canvas.

I spent two years with this piece,

and I still remember in detail the day that it began.
It was (and is) my favorite day of painting. This work
was (and is) massive.

Exceeding me
and my space,
I stepped out of my white-walled, cream-carpeted apartment

and into the woods.
Literally. Nailed, hammered, raw
cotton canvas I wore like a cape
now stretched itself wide between two trees.

I approached, I dipped my brush, I reached to make marks on the highest inch, I dug my heels, I poured greys from their cans and I wrote yellow fears and I flung with my hands and

the cleanest surface became an image
of me, my most heavily-saturated self.

I painted on my canvas in my woods for a good fourteen minutes. And then, the sky rained.
It seemed to freeze me, careless and relieved.

We both became less-
tight and less-saturated;
the laden-cloth sagged, and my colors wrung out.
But I carried my cape and loved every ounce

It made me feel, like a masterpiece.


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To: Control, Love: God

Taylor O Thomas

United States

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