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Valerie McKeehan

Softly Pressing Onward

Softly Pressing Onward

$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
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