Giselle (Letting Go)

My latest artwork is a portrait of Giselle. She is one of my favourite ballet heroines. Giselle is a story of how letting go of the hurt someone has caused you will set you free.

Here is a synopsis of Giselle's story:

Giselle is a young woman who was betrayed by Albrecht, the man she had fallen in love with, and after finding out about the betrayal, Giselle went mad and died of a broken heart.

After Giselle was buried her spirit was resurrected by the evil Queen of the Wilis. The Wilis are revengeful spirits of scorned women. They haunt the forest at night to seek revenge on young men by forcing them to dance until sunrise until they die of madness and exhaustion.

Giselle was the only one of the Wilis who was able to forgive the one who had betrayed her. And when Albrecht came to visit Giselle's grave, she was able to protect him from the revenge of the Wilis. Giselle dances with Albrecht until dawn and because Giselle had let go of feelings of hatred and vengeance, she was finally able to have peace, and her spirit was free.

I really identify with this story, because it's often hard to let go of people or situations that have hurt you, and Giselle's story is a beautiful example of how truly letting go will set you free.

The medium I used for this artwork is Faber-Castell 9000 series blacklead pencils and Golden Artist Colors "Iridescent Gold" Paint on Canson Bristol board.

Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.
— Jonathan Lockwood Huie
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
— Gandhi