Departure, painting of candle with flame floating away from candle in bubble as smoke lingers on wick, death, dreaming, candle, smoke, extinguish, flame, bubble, light, hope, reincarnation, afterlife, eternal, eternal life, floating, comfort, trompe l'oeil, 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

The extinguished candle here represents our physical bodies. In this case, one whose time on earth is complete. And the bubble of light symbolizes the eternal spirit. Our consciousness outside of physical form. It is my beliefthat there is unbroken continuity of awareness when we choose to transition from the physical to the nonphysical plane. Having experienced myself outside of my physical body, I know that death is not the end. I imagine that welikely emerge back into non physical existence as if we have awakened from a vivid dream. And with broader awareness and wisdom in why we made the life journey and choices that we did. The feeling of separation between us and those who have left is sorrowful indeed. But I have no doubt that it is all illusion. That they have simply slipped away into the next room. Close enough to feel their presence when we desire. All is well.


18 x 10 - Oil On Panel - Sold, Private Collection