Our street is dreary already, after Christmas and before the New Year. Why are people taking down their lights so early? I look at the lights as a replacement for summer annuals. Why pull them when winter has barely started. How about celebrating Valentine’s Day as enthusiastically as Halloween….red, pink and white lights!
Anyways, I found a beautiful prayer, bringing purpose and hope to a New Year. And helping me realize I don’t need Christmas lights to fill the empty spaces. I find peace in accepting that I did not carry out all I wanted to this year, that me and my actions are not perfect….but knowing that all I need to do is keep moving forward, the possibilities are infinite because I am not the one in charge….what a relief!
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
– attributed to St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Theresa of Avila
Today Jackie and I went on a little road trip across the Mitten. Just being in the car with my daughter, and talking a long while with her was a gift.
We visited these two beautiful women, Emily and Annie:
Our connection started way back, and the ties are strong. Came away refreshed and inspired.
I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. Dr Brene Brown
I’m wondering, specifically about taking a photo and then making a painting from it.
Isn’t the photo enough? What does the painting add to the experience? We have the advantage of photography as an art form now. Why do we paint then? I can understand the artist is expressing his vision of reality. Maybe that explains abstraction. Does the painting mean more than the photo?
Have I totally confused you? I sure would welcome your comments.
With that said, I did have fun composing a still life to photograph and then, paint:
Here is my finished painting:
I learned much by completing this painting, so in that it has value.
Here are a few quotes I found on the subject:
All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this–as in other ways–they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it. -John Berger
I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence. -Man Ray
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.-Susan Sontag
Yes, construct, not just disclose.
Have a great Sunday!
All you need is love, but a little chocolate every now and then doesn’t hurt. -Charles Schultz
The twins are home now….handling their responsibilities very well. They are good little sleepers and eaters, and all else that goes along with that! Day by day we are discovering their personalities…..
And we can’t give them enough kisses!
A baby is born with a need to be loved, and never outgrows it. -Frank A. Clark
Have you noticed the bright yellow hosta leaves this year? I do not remember them ever being as brilliant a gold as they are now.
I am rich today with autumn’s gold,
all that my covetous hands can hold. -Gladys Harp
The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web. -Edwin Way Teale
The means to gain happiness is to throw out from oneself like a spider in all directions an adhesive web of love, and to catch in it all that comes. – Leo Tolstoy