Day 086: "Soften"

Approximately 4 x 6" | oil, pastel, and graphite on stock paper

Each painting comes with an accompanied handwritten poem on beautiful, thick stock paper that can also be framed or displayed. The following poem will come with this piece.

“Soften,” they say.
But sometimes
I am just mad,
and bitter, and hurt.
This is the humanity
I cannot avoid,
but am slowly coming
to embrace.

More about the piece and project:

In March 2019, I started a “100 Day Project” -- a collective experience where creatives all over the world choose a theme and create for 100 days.

I selected the theme “100 Days of Feeling My Feelings” because so much of my life was in flux. I needed time and space to reflect and process.

Every day I showed up, paintbrush in hand, and took emotional inventory, channeling whatever I felt that day into visual and written art.

My hope is that the words and art resonate with you, even in some small way. I hope they serve as a reminder that we are all living real, messy, complex lives, and each of us has something worthwhile to say and give to this world.

Original work by Amanda Sandlin. Carefully and lovingly packaged and shipped from Denver, CO. Please select "100 Day Painting" shipping at checkout ($5 for US, $12 for Canada) and allow up to one week for your order to be fulfilled. You will receive a tracking number once it's en route.

International buyers, please note that shipping charges may vary from the amount you pay at checkout. Please email me with questions or to get an exact estimate at