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The Balloon Seller
Acrylic/mixed media on stretched canvas

"There was a lady who made his living selling balloons at a fair.

She had all colours of balloons—red, yellow, pink, blue, orange. They were vibrant and promised laughter and fun.

Whenever business was slow, the seller would release a helium filled balloon into the air and when the children saw it go up, they all wanted to buy one too. They would come up to her, buy a balloon and her sales would go up again. She continued this process all day.

One day, she felt something tugging her saree. She turned around and saw a little boy.

With concern in his eyes, the little boy asked, “If you release a dirty black balloon, would that also fly?”

Moved by the boy’s concern, the seller replied with empathy, “Son, it is not the colour of the balloon, it is what’s inside that makes it fly.”

This was one random whatsapp forward from a friend but it struck a chord. It is not what is outside (beauty, colour, race etc..) that matters but what is inside (beliefs, morals, attitude etc...) that defines you and helps you soar!

This painting is my ode to all balloons - fly high, sky's the limit !! 😊

Materials used:

Stretched canvas, gesso, butter paper, acrylic

The Balloon Seller (2016)


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This artwork is sold by Sonali Mohanty from United States

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