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People of the Sunflower (Acrylic on Canvas, 16 x 20 inches, unframed)

People of the Sunflower, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, unframed, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2022

Recently, my friend and fellow artist, Janice Feist, created a powerful painting imaging the vicious attack on Ukraine and auctioned it to raise money to support the Ukrainian people.

Inspired by her, my painting, People of the Sunflower, depicts fields of sunflowers in the Ukraine stretching to a horizon darkened by the invasion of Russian troops. The colours also stand for the national flag, the wide blue skies of the nation and the golden fields of wheat. However, for the painting, the yellow also stands for the sunflower (their National flower) and the brave people themselves holding firm to protect their homeland. At the treeline, around the midline of the painting, I painted a thin red area marking the Russian troops trying to crush the Ukrainian resistance.

At this time of darkness and loss for the people of Ukraine, I wanted to create an image of light and hope. I auctioned this painting on social media to the highest bid with the funds raised going to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. Bidding closed on Tuesday, March 15 at 12:00 noon EDT with PEOPLE OF THE SUNFLOWER going to the highest bid of $700 Cdn .

People of the Sunflower (Populus Helianthus)

Brave faces turn to the sun

stand strong, unmoved

against attack

Seeds of loyalty and pride

planted in their hearts

draw them together

Roots hold firm

in rich, fertile soil

defying all adversaries

This is the soul of Ukraine

This is the power of its people

This is their fight for freedom

                                                       ~ Wendie Donabie 2022

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