Una and the Lion

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Artwork

acrylics, oils , glitter and spray paint on canvas size 200by 200

€7,000.00

 

How did this painting come along?

I have an Italian Gallery  owner  friend of mine, who always comes to my studio and has been telling me- Selina , paint Magic again. Large scale  is your ‘Forte’ , Magic Realism is your Card.

Considering large scale artworks 200 by 200 are so hard to sell on the island , everyone, even local gallerists have been making me forget about the love I have for larger scales. I hesitated for a bit but I decided to listen to his advise.

I spent months walking around Valletta the same path over and over again looking for magic. I knew it had to come from the President’s Palace, I just couldn’t find what or where. I took my son  for a walk for the 1000th time  there and decided to walk into the door to the museum and this time sat down.

And there they lay, those 2 magnificent lions.  Sleeping guarding a door to I don’t know where.

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And it hit me. Valletta’s lion, the spirit animal of it’s inhabitants. The lion king, the symbol of power and truth, which is seen on every emblem on every flag around this tiny city.

Then a few metres away sat a girl reading a book. I closed my eyes and I just could see the lions coming to life  and startle her from the back.

So back home, I sat down and did some research  . In not long I found out about the myth of Una and the Lion and gladly saw that other artists have also painted the subject.

This is a link

https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/5629/una-and-lion

The execution took over 8 months of work and to be able to do it, my son  had to join in for his first apprentice ship.

 

About Constellations and Stars, and Astral Projection

 

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One of the things that helped me cope with  the incredible heartlessness of this world, is

meditation.

In my meditation , I travel  the Universe and navigate through different galaxies

Although I always go back  to my favourite star,  lately I have been

going around and seeing amazing things. Sometimes I also meet other travellers like me

out there. I am not the most seasoned of travellers … but I invite anyone , to close their

eyes when in bed and think of the stars. Maybe you won’t manage to  do Astral

Projection, but if you just picture yourself outside  in the universe looking down on

earth, you would be overwhelmed by it’s beauty.

Before dear reader, you think I am odd, be aware that travelling  with the stars  has

been a shamanic practice for native Americans since many moons . One should  also

keep in mind that someone who travels at night in his sleep, has many beautiful things in

his head to ever be let down by common human  needs of material goods.

Stars just make everything more beautiful.

This painting is my response to a vintage  porn cinema poster  of a movie called When

Girls Undress.   I have been working on this painting for over 2 years now. Only now did

I decide to give this stripper a touch of the Universe  to help her out of the murky world

she is living in  and also make her more beautiful , giving her more  dignity  and show

the rest of the world that these women, are just people like us and they shouldn’t be

forgotten.

We are one  with the Universe. We have no right to disrespect, to hate and use other

people for our pleasure.  We are meant to live together in love and peace.

And for all those who have a painting of mine and there is star there, then you now

know where it comes from.