I've finally completed my current commission and I really love it! While I worked on it I never really gave any thought to its title but as I was signing the painting the words 'True North' rang loud and clear. It reflects not only my love of the north and the patrons location in northern Alberta, but also my journey in this life to finding and trusting that heart-knowing (metier) within.
I've loved every minute of working on this piece, from creating the stretcher and cutting the canvas to the final stroke of paint. It's been such a joy to have this on my easel and I know I will miss it when it moves into its new home, though I am always so happy when patrons enjoy my work and take a piece of my heart to live with them.
by Alfred Ramos
True north is etched in our heart
Where our moral compass has a place to start
Love is just a slice of pie
Compassion is more than meets the eye
True north can be a Picasso or a Van Gogh
Select our brushes with a passion only we know
Emotions are earmarked by our outer face
So look inside ourselves to fill that empty space
Magnetic north is off by a few degrees
As cupids aim brings us to our knees
Reason is a map we use to go forth
In finding our own true north
Be it a wild
and turbulent flow
It’s a direction we all want to go
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