Tuesday, November 24, 2009

accidents and intentions

This is one I finished last weekend and it still has me wondering where it came from. I called it Desert Sun because it required a name that suited its character. I turned an accidental splotch into a little oval with the Tibetan Om sign which was no mistake at all.

Real beauty is more than skin deep. Just about everybody gets to be young and pretty once, but all revert into what they actually are: a person. Superficial good looks can go ugly fast, just a glimpse into the future at age thirty or forty, the emerging truth at fifty or sixty. Ultimately we see who a man or woman really is.

People with real character and depth grow more beautiful over time, no matter whether they are conventionally attractive or not. Their natural beauty dawns as their nature shapes their looks from inside out. Eccentricity or plainness matures into glamour and charm that are as individual as they are wondrous.

At least I'd like to think so. Me? I'm just addicted to colour.


Nancy said...

I love this scarf! It is so beautiful. And I totally agree - who we are, really are, becomes more revealed as we age.

jams o donnell said...

The scarf really is beautiful. As for who we really are you are right. I get the feeling that the not-wife must have a portrait in the attic though!

Randal Graves said...

Good thing I never had superficial good looks! I love the edges between the colors, strangely simultaneously rough and smooth.

marja-leena said...

Gorgeous scarf, I love the way the colours blend at their edges and the handpainted images float on them. This would make the plainest though very real and true character shine!

Liberality said...

What a gorgeous accident--but you intended that didn't you? :D

susan said...

nancy - It's not a particularly original thought but still very true.

jams - Glad you like it. You could be right.

randal - Me neither - now I'm really enjoying the eccentricity parts.

marja-leena - I do enjoy working with strange colour combinations.

liberality - Sometimes we just have to take advantage of the opportunities presented, don't we :-)

Dr. Zaius said...

You can tell a person's character by their appetites. Myself, I am addicted to chocolate cake! ;o)

Beautiful scarf. :o)

susan said...

dr. zaius - Yes, I wear only black but love colour and chocolate brownies :-) Thanks.

Seraphine said...

i read somewhere that everyone eventually gets the face they deserve.
i love that.
it's also why i moisturize.

and wow, i love the scarf. it's insanely pretty. like you say, there are no mistakes.
well, i don't really believe that.
but in your case, i've made an exception.
in music, they say if you play the wrong note, it's a mistake. if you play the wrong note twice, it's jazz.
and that's one of the special skills you have, to be able to turn your mistakes into jazz.
play on. play on.

Seraphine said...

oh cheese. i almost forgot to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs.

Spadoman said...

That stuff about beauty only pertains to people who judge, either themselves or others. All human life has some beauty and it's not in the way they look.

Your creation, on the other hand, is a work of art and a thing of beauty. The colors are fantastic.

Hope your Thanksgiving, and everyday, is good. When is Thanksgiving in Canadia? I know they have one, but I forget.

Peace to all.

Lisa said...

How beautiful. I love accidental beauty.

susan said...

sera - Yes, the point has always been that it's the habitual expression that holds sway later - so keep smiling :-)

and yes, of course there are mistakes and I've thrown away my share of them but when I'm working on an expensive piece of silk I have to work harder to incorporate. It is kind of like being on stage, isn't it? If you hit a wrong note you have to just keep playing.

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

spadoman - Of course, you're right and that's in essence what I was saying. Beauty in people has less to do with form than their nature.

Glad you like it.

lisa - Thank you my dear :-)

Pagan Sphinx said...

Oh, Susan. I must say your words really struck a chord with me today. Firstly, I am already feeling sentimental and then I read this and nod in approval and appreciation of your beautiful truth.

The scarf is lovely, too! Very, very beautiful piece of art.

I hope you and J are having a peaceful long weekend. Good thanksgiving wishes to you and yours.


susan said...

pagan - Belated thanks for your good wishes. I'm glad to know my thoughts about the meaning of beauty struck a chord with you who is so beautiful.

Mary Ellen said...

That scarf is amazing...absolutely love the colors!

I also agree that "People with real character and depth grow more beautiful over time, no matter whether they are conventionally attractive or not." At least that's what I keep telling myself when I look at the "character" in the mirror every morning. ;-)

susan said...

nunly - Me too :-)

gfid said...

i know i posted here days ago.... but no sign of me.... other places too..... just weird.

or it might be sleep deprivation......

the scarf is stunning. and i'm pleased to announce that i've found my frisky mermaids in the chaos of unpacking, and they're spending a lot of time with me at work. can't wear nice clothes at that job, so i vow the earrings and scarves will make up for it.

susan said...

gfid - You were here earlier but your comments were on the post I did about us moving to NS next year if all goes well.

I'm glad to hear the mermaids have been rediscovered. I know they like you too much to stray very far.