Thursday, October 21, 2010

natural magic

Sometimes I may miss posting because I have no picture and sometimes I have a picture and can't think of anything to say. This may be one of those.

Am I whimsical? I don't see myself as such but I do believe it's important to pay attention to what's going on in the world and, as a counterbalance, spend at least an equal amount of time contemplating an opposing view. So I paint another picture.

Then I ask myself just how disturbing do I find concrete reality?

'Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.'
~ Thich Nhat Hhan


okjimm said...

//how disturbing do I find concrete reality?//

whew!!!! I find it big time disturbing..... like the time I wiped-out on my bike and knocked out a tooth when my face hit the concrete. Really disturbed. And I have yet to receive a concrete apology.

Lisa said...

I'm spending a lot of time keeping concrete reality at bay these days.

Is this painting new? I love that border. It's quite different than others you've done, but I really like it.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's concrete and I frequently doubt that it's reality.

linda said...

well, there's always housewives of beverly hills!

i LOVE this painting! you seem to have suddenly found that place again, whatever that is...that edge, the detail in the center sun/planet/star gorgeousness, wow, i love it and now feel so much more inspired to get off my rear and do something myself! hows the weather up there? i never know how the weather is up there! i just don't go online for enough info yet, i guess ;) xox

La Belette Rouge said...

It seems to me that you are a whimsical realist, at least that is part of who you are. I feel sure you can't be defined by so few words. LOVELY painting. I love the relationship between the two of them. xoxo

susan said...

okjimm - I have a feeling a concrete apology might be equally as painful. A beer might be better.

lisa - I well know.

Yes, this is a new one and I think it may be the last of its kind for a while. It feels like time to move on.

andrew - It's all relative, isn't it?

linda - I couldn't understand your reference for a moment and then remembered tv.

Like I said to Lisa, I'm not sure I can paint any more animals and children for now. I'm feeling a need to explore other things but not quite sure where to start.

It's getting very, very cold around here and nobody ever mentioned the constant wind off the Atlantic. I'm becoming afraid I may not want to venture outside in the near future.

belette - I hope you enlarged the picture. I'm quite pleased with the expression of the lioness. The beasts are always me and not the sweet children.

Spadoman said...

Hmmmm, I don't have anything to say, except Hello. I always come here and just pass by and have a look. Love your water color. Good to see you around. You are my friend.


jams o donnell said...

I do love your paintings Susan. They are delightful

Border Explorer said...

Your painting is the perfect antidote to the disturbing reality we're surrounded with! I love the watercolor! Peace!

susan said...

spadoman - It's always nice to know you've stopped by here on your travels, my friend. Hope it's been a good weekend.

jams - As I love your photography. It's good to know we all have something to share.

be - How nice of you to say so. I know you're doing more than your fair share to improve things.

lindsaylobe said...

I think it is always good to consider the anatomy of the elephant from the many imagined relative positions. It is true we are all trapped in out space time dimension here on planet earth to enjoy the gift of life as best we can within our layered shared existence within the present. We will arrive at our conclusions and our own philosophy which will differ from others. But that need not invalidate others as it is my view it is only on our understanding of those of a different persuasion that we invite peaceful co existence.
Best wishes

Seraphine said...

i hate opposing views. i mean, everyone has a right to have one, but i'm perfectly comfortable knowing i'm right most of the time.

gfid said...

i'm finding lately that reality is more like silly putty.... changes shape depending on who's poking at it, or what angle or time you're looking at it from. i can't seem to find anything solid and finite these days.

susan said...

lindsay - That's a very perceptive view with which I agree. I can't help but feel sad though, not about others who may see things differently from me, but about those who actively participate in the destruction of others simply to empower themselves.

sera - Of course you are. If more people were just like you the world would be much more fun.

gfid - 'Reality as silly putty' is going right to the top of my list of definitions.