Softly Pressing Onward

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$1200 (unframed; framing is available)

I believe staying soft to be one of the most courageous acts. When we’ve been hurt or experience pain, it’s so natural to want to shut down, harden our heart, protect ourselves. But it takes true courage to stay soft while the wounds are tender. 

I love this C.S Lewis quote:

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”


  • Original soft pastel painting by Valerie McKeehan on archival sanded paper
  • Painting arrives signed
  • Size: Approx 9" x 12" 
  • Comes with a signed certificate of authenticity
  • Payment plans are available

    Original Painting Details

    Custom Framing

    For all fine art original purchases, custom framing is available. I love working with you one-on-one to choose a frame to complement the painting and your space. If you are interested in this option, please indicate in the "special requests" box at checkout and I will contact you. 

    Shipping & Delivery

    Without Custom Framing

    Unframed originals are uniquely packaged and shipped from my home studio. Turn around time for packing and shipping is 4 - 6 weeks depending on the piece. Each piece is packaged uniquely to prevent damage during shipping.

    With Custom Framing

    Should you choose to work with me to frame your piece, your painting will be shipped within 2 - 3 weeks following the framing process. Each piece is packaged uniquely to prevent damage during shipping.

    Shipping Methods

    Depending on size, most pieces are shipped via UPS Ground, are fully insured, and require and adult signature upon delivery due to the price point.

    Some smaller pieces may ship via USPS Priority Mail, fully insured, and requiring adult signature upon delivery.

    International orders are shipped via UPS Worldwide International. These, too, are fully insured, and require adult signature upon delivery.

    Domestic orders typically arrived within 3-5 days after shipping.

    International order typically arrive within 7-14 days after shipping.

    Return Policy

    Due to the nature of the artwork being original, all sales are final, we do not accept returns or issue refunds.

    Should your painting be damaged during shipping, please do not throw away the painting, package, or packing material.

    We will need these items to file a claim with our insurance provider. After the claim has been filed a full refund will be issued if it has been determined to be damaged by the shipper and/or as a result of our packing.