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“God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, the courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”
- Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr

Created in PS CS6 and finished in PS Lightroom.
Stock images include barbed wire and AA chip.

This work started out as something else but as it progressed I began to ponder the trappings of addiction. My father struggled with alcohol his entire life. I don’t recall it creating a problem for the family as a child but I’m sure it was a contributor to the end of his marriage when I was a teen.

This work speaks to the confinement of addiction with the darkness and barbed wire circling the man. The glasses reflect a beer bottle buried in the sand representing the ever present potential of falling from the wagon. The AA chip hangs from the barbed wire as a beacon of hope while the glasses and hat is symbolic of the anonymity of the AA process. The title of the piece takes the “One day at a time” slogan down to the hour and minute to recognize the ongoing struggle of the addicted.


October 2013 Juried Invitational Exhibition

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barbed, wire, chip, aa, alcoholics anonymous, alcoholism, trapped, confined, addict, addiction, plagued, haunted, crave, craving, need, desire

I am self taught, with an imagination that will not stop. I started drawing as a kid, and dabbled with correspondence art school but never took art in high school or college because I felt it might constrain me. I was wrong, but no crying over spilled milk.

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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodensted11 months ago

    My father too Randy, so this makes a lot of sense to me. Bravo xx

  • Thank you Kira, interesting how art takes its own path. Thanks for the fave as well!

    – Randy Turnbow

  • shadowlea
    shadowlea11 months ago

    speaks volumes …..and mine….great work

  • Thank you Lea, it’s the world we live in, and thanks for the fave too.

    – Randy Turnbow

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jackson11 months ago

    Brilliant work of art Andy, such a huge problem, touched me also. Excellent work of art and great thought behind it. :o)x

  • Thanks for stopping by Josie. There are certain images of my Dad’s struggle that are permanently etched into my mind.

    – Randy Turnbow

  • dgscotland
    dgscotland11 months ago

    A powerful piece mate…well constructed.

  • Thank you Derek, appreciate your comment.

    – Randy Turnbow

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesen11 months ago

    Wonderful depiction of addiction…..and I know that Serenity Prayer VERY well. Beautifully done, Randy!

  • Thank you Karen. It’s a wonderful prayer and I imagine it finds so many different avenues of expression in the lives of people who utter it. Thanks for the fave too.

    – Randy Turnbow

  • RobynLee
    RobynLee11 months ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature Robyn!

    – Randy Turnbow

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesor11 months ago

    Very powerful Randy!! A good friend just got his 20 year pin!!
    The serenity prayer helps in my daily life!! :)

  • Thanks Keith. I think this touches just about everyone in some area of our life. Blessings and congrats to your friend!

    – Randy Turnbow

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimage11 months ago


    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

  • A big thanks for the wonderful feature Francis!

    – Randy Turnbow

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Ramesh11 months ago

    Your EXPRESSIVE Image & Writing is on DISPLAY here

  • Thanks for the great feature Ramesh!

    – Randy Turnbow

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragoza11 months ago


    Excellent Image! 09/09//2013
    Absolutely gorgeous work of art and creativity!
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  • Wonderful feature Deb, thanks so much!

    – Randy Turnbow

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