NZ$ 800

I sketched and started the painting without too much thought at first, all I knew was that I wanted to include a giant beetle. But while I was painting I thought about it more and the personal meaning behind everything became clearer.
The painting reflects my inner longing to care for those I love especially when they're feeling sad because I'm paranoid that they'll decide this world isn't for them, like other loved ones in the past.
So as the root of this painting became clearer to me I thought, why is the one being comforted an oversized beetle? I came to the conclusion that even though they seem to be tough with their thick shell, often they fall on their backs and can't get up unless someone lends them a finger and puts them on their feet again. The girl sees its beautiful iridescent colours, much like the many great qualities I see in the people I love, but the beetle itself probably can't see them from its angle. Only in other beetles maybe, but to catch a glimpse of its very own beautiful shinyness it has to spread its wings and fly.

The title is inspired by the song "Beautiful" by VAST which has a sad as well as comforting feel at the same time.









Here's the lyrics and you can listen to the song here.

Stay with us my darling
Tomorrow is a brighter day
Stay with us my darling
There are so many things to love

You are so beautiful to me
You are so beautiful to everyone

Heaven is a place I cannot see
When I'm beside you it's so close to me
These are the reasons you should stay
There is so much that you can give

You are so beautiful to me
You are so beautiful to everyone
There are so many things to see
You are so beautiful to me

You're a diamond I can't buy
You're a sin I can forgive
And when you sink into the dark
Know that I am there with you

You are so beautiful to me
You are so beautiful to everyone
There are so many things to see
You are so beautiful to me.
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