Monday, February 16, 2015

The Eyes of a Child

As a woman who thrives on exploration and discovery, whether it be along the streets of Venice (ah, Europe - how I miss you!) or the mountain trails of the Colorado Rockies, I have found myself struggling lately to find meaning in the rote operations of motherhood.  Without prospects for a great new painting idea, I become complacent--like my "painting muscles" have gotten flabby--and it's an awful feeling. I've been searching for a way to overcome my frustration over life being so ordinary.

There is a way.

I have to stop spending so much time inside my own head, and start seeing the world through my daughter's eyes. Everything is new and exciting to her. There is nothing ordinary about anything! I've seen the way she holds up her own hand to study it, moving it around and twirling it in front of her face. I've watched her marvel over interesting new textures, tastes, sights and sounds. I've smiled until my face hurt watching her bounce up and down in her Johnny Jump-Up, her expression one of pure joy.

That joy is what this new set of paintings is about. "New Discoveries" and "Exploring" are designed simply, with the brimming morning light on Cecelia as the focal point. She is alone but not lonely, for there is so much yet to see and discover.  

"Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child."        
 - Ron Wild

"New Discoveries" - 12x12 inches - oil on linen panel

"Exploring" - 12x12 inches - oil on linen panel

Below: Cecelia's first time on a swing, January 2015


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