Monday, June 25, 2012
The Run With Scissor's prompt for Friday, June 23 was "free choice." On Thursday, I was at our town pool and watched a bunch of little girls playing mermaid. This was one of my favorite games as a kid. I had really long hair, and loved to swish it around under water and pretend that my two legs were one fish tail. My friend Margie and I used to have contests to see who could stay under water longest. (Margie was the best!) So I decided to paint up this mermaid in honor of all the girls out there, swishing their hair and pretending to have fish tails! I'm going to link her up to Paint Party Friday and Creative Everyday as well because I like this gal. Her saying: Don't wait for your ship to come in. Swim out to it!
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's post today was about 5 things you know are true. Her 5 things were all about art, but they made me think about what I know to be true in life. And then, as the universe would have it, RWS's day 24 prompt was to make a top 10 list. Janel made a beautiful journal entry about Gandhi. I reacted to this by thinking more about all the wisdom I know to be true. Some of it is from my parents, some of it is from books I've read and teachings from wise people. But here's a list -- in no particular order:
1. you can always find something beautiful to see and nice to say.
2. things seem very different after a good night's sleep.
3. even the most difficult soil can yield a beautiful garden if you cultivate it. (this is directly inspired by my mother, who refuses to let rocky, hilly soil intimidate her. It's also a really nice metaphor.)
4. everything you learn, and every effort you make, has a purpose. (this is inspired by "The Phantom Tollbooth" -- one of my all time favorite books.)
5. kindness really matters.
6. if you can do something about it, why get upset? and if you can't do anything about it, why get upset?
7. you will be happy if you can forgive for the past and be grateful for the present.
8. whatever you decide to do in life, find a way to make the world a kinder, more beautiful place. (Inspired by a great children's book - Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.)
9. Every person wants to be loved and happy. In this way, we all have something in common.
10. Sooner or later, you will reap what you sow.
After making this list, I wasn't sure what the art should be. Luckily, today's Diva challenge was to be inspired by your home. What I love best about my home is my garden, and so I tried to be inspired by my roses and other flowers in this piece. I colored it with the beautiful palate inspired by the ice cream flavor "Baseball Nut" -- rasberry, vanilla and cashew nut. (I'm not sure what this has to do with baseball -- perhaps only Baskin & Robbins knows for sure -- but thank you to Summer of Color for suggesting the color scheme.) Then I journaled my list around it, and am linking it up there and at Inspire Me Monday as well.
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