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Restoration

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Rose Wolfe

Founder & Owner of: The Repurposed Life

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer


Even though muscular dystrophy attempts to lay claim to my life, I have found a few ways to come out from the shadow of my disease.  One of my pleasures (and therapies) is painting.  This creative form affords me the freedom to live beyond the limits of my physical world and to express feelings that expand beyond the limits that words impose.  The more I paint, the more I feel compelled to paint.  It is addictive and healthy.   As I work to bring an oil painting to completion, I am restoring little pieces of me.

Two years ago, on a sunny, winter day, I was admiring the beautiful shadows trees were casting on the snow.  The more I thought about those shadows, the more I felt motivated to paint their beauty.  Then, the clouds came and refused to go away.  Weeks passed without any sustained sunlight; brief moments were followed by long, gray days.  There were no shadows.  How symbolic!  How often do we who feel as if our disability has made us shadows of our former self have taken the opportunity to hide?

Finally, the sun returned and the shadows could hide no longer.  Fearing that they would quickly retreat again, I had no time to waste.  Making changes to his day, my husband lovingly agreed to take some pictures with the hope of capturing those elusive beauties.

As soon as he returned home, I scrolled through the photos until I found the one that revealed their complex beauty.  Taking printed photo in hand, I went to work.  After some time, the painting was finished.  The shadows would forever declare their presence to the world.

Now, for the final step: varnish to keep the elements from eroding and dulling the paint.  Some artists advise that there should be a six-month waiting period before varnishing a painting.  However, this time, I followed the advice of an expert who counseled that a painting could be varnished right away – if done within two weeks of the original drying time.  So, after a week-and-a-half, I started to brush varnish on my painting.  Suddenly, to my horror, I realized that the white paint was smearing and making the entire painting milky in appearance.  I stopped immediately,

With painstaking effort, I slowly removed the varnish from the painting.  Using dry brush after dry brush, I wiped away as much of the milky, white paint as I could.  Then, I left the painting on the easel.  I wondered, “Could it be restored?”

Returning to the painting two days later to assess the damage.  There were areas that needed to be reworked.  Mixing the paints slowly, I contemplated how to go about the process of showing those shadows how beautiful they were.  Could I remove the stains?  Would the shadows allow themselves to be restored?

Oil Painting by Rose Wolfe


Article Credits: Rose Wolfe

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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14 Comments
  1. Rose Wolfe
    Shaniamatanji 6 months ago

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    domainworldtower 7 months ago

    In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. Marc Chagall

  3. Rose Wolfe
    domainworldtower 7 months ago

    Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning. Joseph Campbell

  4. Rose Wolfe
    entrepreneuraditya 8 months ago

    well i must say i’m feeling quite sense of well being something

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    williwash 8 months ago

    Reblogged this on WilliWash.

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    safeharborcenter 8 months ago

    Nice blog!

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    Iriz Chan 11 months ago

    Great journey to healing. Keep inspiring others.

  8. Rose Wolfe
    Jeremy Mcgilvrey 1 year ago

    Nice Post

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