Hurt by Adam Howie

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Just as I was going to bed, I saw a post from a friend talking about the fantastic cover of “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, as I listened to it again I was struck with an image and I couldnt resist painting it. It was such a profound moment of inspiration I only hope the image does it justice and that for someone out there it speaks to you.

There is so much pain in this world, so much hurt done to us, and if we are honest, by us. Sometimes it gets too much, everything just hurts, and perhaps for some the opening words of “hurt” ring true, wither literally or just metaphorically: “I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel, I focus on the pain, the only thing that’s real.”

Please, if you ever find yourself in a situation of loneliness and pain, please contact one of the many fantastic services out there who are there to listen, to be there for you. We are never truly alone unless we want to be. Do not give in to the hurt find that piece of light, and grasp onto it.



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  • carboneye
    carboneyeabout 2 years ago

    I heard this song only last night along with a video of an aged Johnny Cash strumming out the tunes’s, and I have to say that I know my interpretation of the lyric’s would have been very different to your’s, perhap’s anyway, but we can all relate to the idea.
    Your image speak’s of salvation to me, salvation from self.

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 2 years ago

    wow adam….

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 2 years ago

    i saw that clip too…

  • Mark Skay
    Mark Skayabout 2 years ago

    I’m gone to buy this LP right now… ;)
    Well expressed Adam !

    Shavoa tov!

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful creation and work. Well done.

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkabout 2 years ago


  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoabout 2 years ago

  • sure2010
    sure2010about 2 years ago

    Fantastic creation Adam

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...about 2 years ago


  • CrismanArt
    CrismanArtabout 2 years ago

    Fascinating and mystical figurative, dear Adam! Congratulations to you from Christiane

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