The Girl Who Married a Cloud, painting of a woman wearing a white wedding dress in row boat, art with butterflies surrounding a woman, portrait of a girl woman in a canoe boat, art with water, ocean, waves, painting of girl with umbrella, art about idealism, art about marriage and relationship, soulful uplifting inspirational art, soul stirring illusion art, romantic art,  surrealism, surreal art, dreamlike imagery, fanciful art, fantasy art, dreamscape visual, metaphysical art, spiritual painting, metaphysical painting, spiritual art, whimsical art, whimsy art, dream art, fantastic realism art, magic realism oil painting by Paul Bond

Late one afternoon in a tropical Indonesian lagoon, I was swimming near several moored fishing canoes. A large cloud formed in the distant sky. The dichotomy of the tied boat within the expansive freedom of the sea and sky evoked this finished image. It is the story of the duality that results from the act of emotionally tying ourselves to another in a partnership or marriage. Perhaps at times limiting, but ideally expansive and freeing in that it allows us – in the knowing that we are loved no matter what – to be more of our true and authentic selves. My wife in her wedding dress served as the figure model. Making this painting even more poignant for me.

The Girl Who Married a Cloud

36 x 60 - Oil On Canvas - Sold, Private Collection