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IVORY
Step By Step, Little By Little Featuring The Barefoot Dutchman
oil on canvas
152 x 102 x 3 cm
"Predominantly, this painting is a portrait of The Barefoot Dutchman, however, the artist draws you in wanting the audience to see this as a metaphorical piece. The Artist underlines this symbolism of this art piece by shining a light on the arduous journey it takes for any person who is dealing with mental disorders. This painting depicts the strength of The Barefoot Dutchman, who demonstrates to sufferers of mental disorders, that step by step, little by little, mental stress can be conquered.
The Symbolism the Artist accentuates a dramatic storm, brewing in the sky, and glowing with fierce vitality and in doing so gives the audience a visual personification of what mental health disorder looks like. The Artist writes "it often feels like brutal clouds of thunder that looms over the
sufferer when struggling to navigate through negative mental spaces."

The Artist suggests that The Barefoot Dutchman is walking away from the tempestuous skies, and in doing so, while the storm plays out in the background, he is in fact not turning his back on the issue, rather he is paving the way forward by accepting and dealing with the mental hurricanes. Another feature of the painting is the cosmos of stars at his feet. This is demonstrating the wild and surreal trek that The Barefoot Dutchman has taken, a celestial walk of triumph or a quest of renewing oneself. The Artist is giving the audience validation of this extraordinary journey, of awe-inspiring heights and of unbelievable dimensions.

The Artist draws inspiration to name this painting, Step By Step, Little By Little, giving focus to The Barefoot Dutchman's feet with glowing lights emanating from each step. The Artist expresses "…acceptance always starts with a first step, regardless of how big or small that step is" and The Barefoot Dutchman fulfills this vision having taken many steps for mankind suffering mental fitness. Through inspiration of The Barefoot Dutchman's journey of walking 2600km from Cairns to Manly barefoot, setting a new Guinness World Record, his steps are immortalised by shining a light on the ever-present pandemic of mental stress with a newly lit pathway to change imminent with forward strides of steps.

The Artist gives one more piece to study in this painting, which is the stance and gentle demeanour of The Barefoot Dutchman, although he is the centrepiece amongst chaotic elements happening around him. The observation of viewing The Barefoot Dutchman looking up towards his face, it is evident that this is a genuine humble man. It is the kindness in the eyes of The Barefoot Dutchman and even his gaze and facial expression with easy strides that shows him as being approachable and comfortable having open arms to welcome anyone who needs to talk. This is Step By Step, Little By Little, featuring The Barefoot Dutchman." Presented by Ivory and AskiLive Media.
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