It’s an uphill battle


This painting is another in a series of small walnut ink paintings I made for my friend Doug Rees. It’s from a larger painting I created one sleepless night while in the midst of a self-pity party. Felt like everything in life was just one big heavy bundle that I was trying to tote up a steep and barren hillside.

One of the things I hate about getting older is that things don’t seem to get easier—life is full of burdens, griefs, and sadness that you have to continually carry around with you, and the climb is steadily uphill.

But I suppose the view from high on the rocky mountain of existence takes in many things.  The bundle of the old woman’s back also carries treasures and trinkets of joy.

2 thoughts on “It’s an uphill battle

  1. You are so gifted, Margaret. I have fallen in love with this painting. When you say walnut ink, do you mean ink that is actually made from walnuts? I am soooo not an artist, but a great appreciator of same… especially watercolors and ink drawings and paintings. I think that, besides the burdens you speak of, what challenges me most in getting older is the awareness that I really do not have decades stretching before me to finally “get it right.” Whatever “right” actually is.

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I feel the pinch of disappearing years too. I was lazy in my youth, and so have much to make up for. That’s why I have to work so hard now.
      The walnut ink I use is a synthetic walnut ink. I bought it at Daniel Smith. I’d love to try the real thing!

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