Morality Tale by Linda Abbott Trapp
The story behind the painting: A Morality Tale
This watercolor could be anyone's coming-of-age story, but it is personal to me. I grew up lucky in many ways, and took full advantage of it, living it up and enjoying my advantages and freedom, with only the occasional thought of helping others. While I had some experience with discipline, hard work and generosity, I was more focused on collecting experiences that were challenging and fun. Panel 1, on the left, is a quick sketch of that life. After the unexpected death of my mother, who was buried on my 21st birthday, I had to make some changes. She taught me that those who are blessed are meant to serve others, and I wasn't doing the best job possible of that.
I had to make some changes. The center panel is that “come to Jesus” moment, the awareness that a self-centered life does not bring true and lasting joy. It's set at the water's edge, because I've always been drawn to lakes, rivers, and oceans for their power and the peace they bestow. During troubling times, I return to the water's edge for prayer and reflection.
The final panel is a montage of service and connection, which ultimately lead to a lifestyle that is satisfying and truly joyful. There are several settings, several interactions, because life opens so many doors. Like many, I'm still a work in progress. This path may be a familiar one to you as well.
Watercolor; 2' high x 6' wide in wooden frame.
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