The Choice Sketch 12 x 16″ Oil on canvas panel, framed by the artist
This is the sketch for the larger version of this painting, The Choice. I like this one more in many ways, particularly the painterly-ness of this smaller painting.
Inspired be a scene from “Anne with an E,” which our family very much enjoyed watching. The runaway bride scene was beautifully filmed. The idea of running away from oppression, toward an unknown freedom runs deep in our society. We express the freedom we enjoy by making choices. The choices we make in life reverberate. What we do or do not do, matters. We are essentially the sum of our choices. Big choices like who to marry and small choices, like what to eat today, create a complex web comprising our identity. We think of our identity as our name, our vocation and likes and dislikes. But who we are is the sum of our actions. As we expand and grow, we become more open to making new choices. To not expand our choices is to not grow. That is a theme running through “Anne of Green Gables,” the book on which the series was based. I admit I never had the pleasure of reading it. But the series landed beautifully, particularly on my sixteen year old daughter Mary, who struggle like Anne does, with being accepting herself for who she is. Thank God we have literature and the great stories and some excellent TV to teach us how to live.
See also The Choice