WANT TO BUY EARLY?
Unlock 30 minutes early on our mailing list
To Cultivate a Soft and Tender Place
by Emerald Barkley
To Cultivate a Soft and Tender Place By Emerald Barkley
To Cultivate a Soft and Tender place is an original watercolor skull painting by Emerald Barkley about the need to be radically kind to ourselves.
In the last few years, I have spent a lot of time thinking about space. The space in my home for instance: How do I want to feel when I am home? What can I do, aesthetically and functionally, to feel like this is a good space where I can be safe, comfortable, and inspired?
This got me to thinking about community, particularly: How can I do the same thing with the people that I love? How can I not only communicate love, generosity, and safety in community spaces that I share, but as a person within that community? What do I need to build trust and beauty?
The kicker for me is turning that thinking inward: What can I do to build trust and beauty in myself? I seem to default to an anxious state full of catastrophic narratives and the lonely mountain of Never Good Enough. It’s a false mountain, built on 4am dread and the smoke of anxious narratives.
And I don’t need it. Neither do you.
This piece is about slowly, gently reclaiming that space and building a garden. Of learning how to tell yourself that it is going to be fine, that you are good at things, and you are even good at hard things. To cultivate radical softness in your mind and in your body, and to remember that you, too, are a lush and beautiful thing.
This piece is a study for a larger work.
To Cultivate a Soft and Tender Place is a 10″ x 12.5″ original watercolor skull painting on Arches hot-pressed paper.
This piece will ship unframed.
More original watercolor paintings on EDO:
These Slow Moments, They Writhe: https://everydayoriginal.com/product/these-slow-moments-they-writhe/
These Teeth That Gnash: https://everydayoriginal.com/product/these-teeth-that-gnash/
Other ways to collect my watercolor skull work:
Stay in touch:
They enjoy hiking and peach cobbler.
A few you might have missed!
Where unicorns restBy Dianita $500 $500 Add to cart
CancerBy Babs Webb $250 $250 Add to cart
Goblin Shaman – Fire and FrogsBy Aaron Miller $475 $475 Add to cart
ResilienceBy So MK $2,300 Add to cart
Mountain’s LamentBy Jonah Lobe $500 $500 Add to cart
All She ContainsBy Morrighan Corbel $500 $500 Add to cart
The GazeBy Lihao Lu $600 $600 Add to cart
Silver RibbonBy Bethany Berg $200 $200 Add to cart
B ExamBy Maryam Gohar $520 $520 Add to cart
Thorned FaeBy Steve Ellis
$600$400 Add to cart
ConundrumBy Alejandro Castellanos $350 $350 Add to cart
Origin of IronBy Nina Pommelin $400 $400 Add to cart