In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the world seemed to come to a standstill, a creative journey unfolded. This series of oil paintings emerged as a celebration of joy, freedom, and the simple pleasures of life. At its core is a young woman gracefully roller skating, her elegance and poise capturing the essence of carefree moments we once took for granted.
The idea for this series blossomed during the days of stringent social distancing measures, when the longing for outdoor enjoyment and the company of others weighed heavily on the mind. The concept of a lone figure on roller skates became the muse—a symbol of embracing the present and finding joy independently. With each stroke of the brush, the aim was to convey the serenity and optimism that we all yearned for during those challenging times.
One of the defining features of these paintings is the use of a basic color palette, intentionally chosen to create clean and vibrant compositions. This deliberate choice allowed for the expression of the clarity of the days that lay ahead, a future filled with brighter moments and a return to a semblance of normalcy. Through these colors, viewers are offered a visual escape, a glimpse of the peace and happiness that was craved.
It is with great pride that I can say these efforts have been met with success. Two of the paintings from this series, "Glide" and "Saturday," have garnered awards and recognition for their ability to resonate with audiences on a profound level. "Glide" in particular has become a sought-after print, often selling out at events where the work is showcased.
For those interested in experiencing the essence of these paintings, canvas prints of "Glide" and "Saturday" are available for purchase on the website, www.orondekairi.com. These prints serve as a reminder that even in the face of adversity, the human spirit can find solace in the simple act of gliding through life with elegance and grace.
In conclusion, this roller skating series emerged as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit during the challenging days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through art, a way was found to express the longing for freedom, joy, and peace that was shared. As we move forward, may these paintings continue to inspire hope and serve as a visual reminder of the brighter days that lie ahead.
Peace, Oronde Kairi