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Forgiveness by F. Magdalene Austin

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At first glance a young man concluded this painting was about a mother forgiving her young prodigal daughter. I didn’t correct him.

This painting shows an older woman embracing her younger self and offering forgiveness for past mistakes and failings. The young self kneels before the older woman and asks for nothing other than a place to lay her head. The older woman who has grown physically and spiritually knows the younger self was caught up in the spring of youth and needs what we all need, a place to rest our transgressions. In the lap of experience the young one is allowed to rest.

I look at this painting with high hopes of self forgiveness.

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F. Magdalene


  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKover 6 years ago

    what a lovely thought you have written to go with this image.

  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...over 6 years ago

    Excellent image and words, magdalene. As always.

  • Beautifuldreamer
    Beautifuldreamerover 6 years ago

    One of your all time best!

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 6 years ago

    just magnificient

  • Shelleymay
    Shelleymayover 6 years ago

    I love the narratives that you provide, lovely inspired work

  • janetmary
    janetmaryover 6 years ago

    once again Magdalene your work just moves right into my body – this’ beautiful and soulful – and with the light coming accross like that and the woman’s face situated as it is i also feel a sense of longing in her which when i read your explanation just now started to make sense but yes for me you create storyies through your art work but not only one story there seems to linger others amongst it – if ya know what i mean. thankyou. xx

  • Lynn Moore
    Lynn Mooreover 5 years ago

    Superb! Love your description – in some ways your intent is more meaningful than a parent/child. Though this could also represent God/His children which would be a powerful interpretation also! All interpretations are wonderful, no matter how you look at it : )

  • caradione
    caradioneover 5 years ago

    what an amazing insight you have produced here..
    the forgivness of ones self is a journey we must all take at some stage in our lives, to be able to accend to our next sage of being..
    if we cannot forgive ourselves for mistakes made we become stagnate.
    such a lovely image to compliment this insight …

  • Songwriter
    Songwriterover 5 years ago

    This is one of the most poignant pieces of art I have seen. Forgiveness is so much misunderstood, I think. It has as much effect on the forgiver as on the forgiven. So you can only win here. Blessings. :0) Song

  • Lynn Moore
    Lynn Mooreover 5 years ago

    Congratulations! You have been featured in the Healing Through Art Group!
    Lynn, Song & Christeen

  • That is so awesome! Thank you!!!!!

    – F. Magdalene Austin

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