Call to Wonder by Andrew Thornton

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Call to Wonder Painting by Andrew Thornton.

Painted in 2020. Acrylic on canvas. Approx. 8" x 10".

From Andrew: Here’s my latest MerMay creation! I grew up in Florida and while the beach was a short distance away, trips were infrequent. We were mostly concerned with the everyday tasks of survival. Beaches were a symbol of leisure and relaxation. Needless to say, we didn’t go often. When we did go, it was a free thing to do that we could take out of town relatives. Sometimes we’d get an invitation to go fishing, but it was always connected to something practical. Later, it was a place of rebellion and freedom. It’s where we’d go to skip school or attend a party. I can almost smell the bonfire and taste the cloying sweetness of strawberry wine coolers. It was the place you’d drive to in the middle of the night, after sitting at the Denny’s struggling to come up with something to do. I remember laughing and dancing in the surf under the moon. I remember trying to find our shoes on more than one occasion after ripping them off as fast as we could as we ran down to the water’s edge. It was a celebration. We built sand castles we knew wouldn’t last. And that was okay. We wrote messages in the sand that would get swallowed up. And that was okay. We danced badly on the beach. And that was okay, because it was a celebration.⠀

In this painting, I wanted a call to celebrate and remind ourselves of the beauty and wonder of the world around us. Magic does exist, we just have to look for it. ⠀